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Aswan

Aswan

Aswan

Aswan is a city located in the south of Egypt. It is the capital of the Aswan Governorate and the home of about 300.000 people. Many tourists rate Aswan as the most beautiful city of Egypt. The travel destination has stunning river landscapes and the weather is always good, although it can get very hot during the summer months (June, July, August and September) with temperatures above 104.0 °F (40 °C).

In the following we want to inform you about interesting places to visit in Aswan.

Ruins of Abu

Just follow the path through the wonderful garden behind the Aswan Museum in the original town of Abu to get to the Ruins of Abu. There you can see small and big structures that were built between 3000 BC and the 14th century AD. One of the most interesting attractions is the Temple of Khnum, which was dedicated to Khnum, the guardian of the Nile. You should also take a look at the Nilometer of Khnum, which was used to measure the flood.

Temple of Philae

Temple of Philae

Another sight well worth visiting is the Temple of Philae. The island Philae actually does not exist anymore since it was submerged under the Lake Nasser after the High Dam was built. But since the temple is historically important, the main complex was relocated to the island of Angilika. The temple used to be the center of the cult of Isis, an Egypt goddess, wife of the god Osiris and mother of Horus. The temple consists of a vestibule, a court, some antechambers and a sanctum containing the sacred image of Isis.

Nubia Museum

The Nubia Museum was established in 1997 with the help of UNESCO and it’s a showcase of the history of Nubia. The exhibits display the art and culture of Nubia from 4500 BC through to the present day. In the huge halls of the museum you can see artifacts from Kingdom of Kush and Meroe, 6000-year-old pottery bowls, lots of old statues, old furniture, traditional silver jewelery and much more.

 

Souq

Souq

Souq (also known as Souk) is a very colorful bazaar with lots of African goods. If you want to buy souvenirs in Aswan, this is the place to go to! It's located near the Nile and has a length of about 700 meters. Besides Egyptian styled souvenirs, you can buy spices, nuts, perfumes, dried flowers, clothing and many other things on this interesting marketplace. Traders selling really traditional objects can be found in the side alleys of this market. They sell Nubian artifacts, hand-made baskets, talismans, carpets and swords.

Mausoleum of Aga Khan

Mausoleum of Aga Khan

The Mausoleum of Aga Khan was dedicated to Aga Khan III who lived until 1957 and was the 48th imam (leader) of the Ismaili sect. The mausoleum was built of pink limestone and constructed in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo. After his death his fourth wife Yvonne Labrousse (also known as Begum Om Habibeh) put up the mausoleum and after she died in the year 2000, she was also buried at this place.

Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk has a length of about 42 meters and a width of about four meters. It can be found about 1,5 km away from Aswan and is located in a place that used to be the main source of Egypt’s finest granite, which was used for temples, pyramids and statues all over the country. If complete, it would have been the biggest obelisk ever. It was never finished because quarrymen abandoned it when cracks appeared in its sides.

Aswan Botanical Gardens

The Aswan Botanical Gardens can be found on the oval shaped Kitchener’s Island and has a size of about 6.8 hectares. It is a beautiful place with lots of majestic looking palms and original plantation but also imported plants from Africa, India and the Far East. Besides beautiful plants and trees there are also lots of birds that live on this staggering island. The island is only reachable by boat.

Monastery of St. Simeon

The Monastery of St. Simeon is a fortress-like monastery which was built in the 7th-century and at first dedicated to Anba Hedra, the local saint of this time. When it was rebuilt in the 10th century, it was dedicated to St Simeon. In order to get there, you first have to cross the Nile with a private boat. Then you have two possibilities: You can either simply walk there by foot, which takes about half an hour or if you like it a little more comfortable, hire a camel that will take you there.