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Aswan

Aswan, Southern Egypt's capital, is a flourishing market and tourist center north of the Aswan Dam on the east bank of the Nile. The city includes the Elephantine island community and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Nubian Museum, tombs, stone quarries, and the Monastery of St. Simeon. Aswan is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities and Global Network of Learning Cities.

History

Aswan is an ancient city in Egypt. It was once called Swenett and was seen as the beginning of Egypt because of its position on the Nile. The city was also famous for its stone quarries that provided material for the construction of iconic structures like pyramids, statues, and obelisks across Egypt. Swenett also served as a military base and a trade route. Many writers from ancient times mentioned the city, including Herodotus and Strabo. Recently, archaeological discoveries have been made in Aswan, such as the head of the bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius at the Temple of Kom Ombo, a sandstone sphinx statue, 35 mummified remains of Egyptians belonging to a tradesman named Tjit, and petroglyphic engravings dating back to the times between 3200BC and 3100BC. In February 2021, archaeologists announced significant discoveries at an archaeological site called Shiha Fort, including a Ptolemaic period temple, a Roman fort, an early Coptic church, and an inscription in hieratic script.

Famous Aswan Tourist Attractions.

Explore Elephantine Island

Sail on a Felucca

Day Trip to Abu Simbel

Take a Boat to Philae Temple

The Unfinished Obelisk

Cairo & Giza Pyramids day trip.

Monastery of St. Simeon

Camel Trek on Aswan's West Bank

Visit the Nobles' Tombs.

Felucca to Aswan Botanical Gardens

Indulge in High Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel

Nubian Museum

Visit Kom Ombo Temple for a day trip.

Aswan High Dam

Visit the Lake Nasser Temples of Kalabsha

Aga Khan Mausoleum

Western Quarry (Gebal Simaan)

Wadi al-Subua

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