Here, you will find some of the very interesting facts about Aswan city, the city where the Nile River starts in Egypt. Aswan's oldest name is Swani which means the market because of its great location. To the south, it was considered the gateway to Africa with all its exotic goods from the stones, ivory, incense, and spices. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex, on the Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan High Dam. Philae’s ancient ruins include the columned Temple of Goddess Isis. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the third dynasty. It also has the High Dam and the largest non-nature lake called Lake Nasser after the president who ordered to build it.
Aswan's people are so kind and so generous. They have a beautiful smile, welcoming personality, and a great attitude, having within them the origin of Egyptian customs and traditions.
Do not wait long to explore Aswan? Aswan excursions give you the chance to enjoy all of its beauty by using Aswan Day Tours during your Egypt Luxury Tours, Egypt Nile River Cruise Egypt Travel Packages, or Egypt Day Tours.  You can also use Cairo Day Tours by flight.

Edfu | Temple of Horus | Aswan Travel Guide

Edfu | The Temple of Horus

The Temple of Horus at Edfu is well known as the most impressive and the most preserved of all of the Egyptian temples along the way between Aswan and Luxor. It is a must visit stop by all of the Nile cruise ship lines that make the trip.

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Philae Temple in Aswan | Aswan Travel Guide

Philae Temple

The beautiful temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis is considered one of the most picturesque all over Egypt. It is situated on the Agilika Island to the south of the old Aswan Dam and you must take the motorboat to reach the island above which the temple is built. The temple was relocated to its current location following the construction of the High Dam, which would have been completely submerged under the rising water.

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The High Dam in Aswan | Aswan Excursions and Day Tours

The High Dam

The High Dam in Aswan is the most important project in modern Egypt to save the country from the destructive floods and the sever droughts and to generate power, when the construction of the dam began in 1960s , it was the most essential part of President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s effort to develop the country for all Egyptians. While the dam is certainly not the largest in the world, it is an impressive engineering marvel nonetheless, over 360 feet in hight and 12,500 feet is the width.

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Kom Ombo Temple | Sobek Temple

Kom Ombo Temple

The traces of the old city have disappeared along with the crocodiles, extinct for their widespread hunting. However, there remains a magnificent Kom Ombo Temple overlooking the eternal Nile, the Temple of Sobek.

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Abu Simbel Temples | Abu Simbel Temple Facts

Abu Simbel Temples

Built by Ramses II, Abu Simbel Temple is one of the most famous monuments of the new kingdom' ancient Egypt, together with the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Located on the southern edge of the country, carved in a mountain in the 19th dynasty, it is a breathtaking sight that not to be missed!

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The Unfinished Obelisk | Aswan Obelisk | Hatshepsut Obelisk | Aswan Granite Quarries

Unfinished Obelisk

Hatshepsut ordered to create the Obelisk to complement what would later be known as the Lateran Obelisk which was at Karnak in the first place before being brought to the Lateran Palace in Rome.

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The Nubian Village | Nubian Villages in Aswan

The Nubian Village

The Nubia was a region located between southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Currently, the Nubians reside along the Nile Valley and still retain a particular appearance given by absolutely characteristic physical features. Their dark skin with very unique contrasts with light eyes, sometimes even blue.

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Lake Nasser | Aswan Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser is an immense artificial lake formed after the construction of the High Dam between 1960 and 1970, It is a unique place on the planet because the desert, flooded by the rising Nile, will literally die in the waters of the lake. And the result is a fascinating landscape!

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Aswan Airport

Aswan Airport

Aswan Airport is one of the Egypt Airports located in Aswan. Aswan is located in upper Egypt 220 km south of Luxor and 890 km south of Cairo on the foot of the Nile Valley.

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The Nubian Museum in Aswan

The Nubian Museum in Aswan

The Nubia Museum is considered a first-rate academic museum. It not only displays artifacts of great value and importance but also displays the Nubian heritage and their most prominent customs and traditions in paintings.

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Kalabsha Temple in Aswan

Kalabsha Temple in Aswan

Mandulis Temple, known as the Kalabsha Temple, is considered one of the most famous huge temples in Egypt, especially in Egyptian Nubia. The ancient Kalabsha Temple is located in Bab Kalabsha, about 50 km south of Aswan. And his visit is often the first blister to Egypt, the Nile Cruise, and Lake Nasser Cruise.

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Wadi El Seboua Temple in Nubia | Valley of the Lions Aswan

Wadi El Seboua Temple in Nubia

Wadi al-Sabou, or "Valley of the lions" also named relative to the rams road leading to the temple is one of the top attractions in Nubia, South of Aswan, Egypt. Explore more things to do in Aswan with Cairo Top Tours!

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Temple of Beit El Wali | Temple of Ramses II

Temple of Beit El Wali

The Temple of Beit El Wali, the Viceroy House in English, located in Old Nubia, about 55 meters south of Aswan, is considered the oldest temples of King Ramses II in Lower Nubia, where it was devoted to the prayer of God Amun Ra.

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Amada Temple in Nubia | Temple of Amada

Amada Temple in Nubia

The Temple of Amada, as well as that of Derr, was also moved between 1964 and 1975 to protect it from the rise of the waters of Lake Nasser caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Discover more here!

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Kitchener's Island in Aswan | Aswan Botanical Garden

Kitchener's Island in Aswan

Kitchener's island was previously identified as Kitchener Island, which was titled after Lord Kitchener who owned it when he attended as Consul General in Egypt during the British occupation from 1911 till 1914. Learn more about this interesting island in Aswan!

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Elephantine Island in Aswan

Elephantine Island in Aswan

Before the ancient city of Aswan, Elephantine Island was a distinguished location for trade in the Pharaonic era, where it was called "Soynet" where the island and its troubled waters worked as a protection against any attack.

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St. Simeon Monastery in Aswan

St. Simeon Monastery

The history of the St. Simeon Monastery in Aswan dates back to the 6th century A.D, and it was established in a desert area that is higher than the water level of the river, some archaeologists said that perhaps this monastery was built on the ruins of a Roman castle and inferred by the abundance of the towers in the wall surrounding the monastery. 

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Agilika Island in Aswan | Aswan Agilika Island

Agilika island

This island is located 500 meters from the Philae Island and was chosen to relocate the Philae temple complex on it,  that can be visited during your tours in Egypt and the Egyptian government, in cooperation with UNESCO, carried out the process of rescuing the temple and moved it to Agilica Island in 1972. 

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Aswan Botanical Gardens| El Nabatat Island in Aswan

Aswan Botanical Gardens

The garden began as a home to some Nubians who were engaged in agriculture by planting green fodder in it by two single legs, then Lord Kitchener who owned the Kitchener's Island took it as its headquarters and was a military base during the English occupation and after the end of the occupation, it turned into a public park and was called a botanical garden.

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Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan

In ancient times, the city of Aswan was very different, as people in that period used to live in this city, as it is the place where the rulers and kings of Nubia resided. Therefore, this is the reason for the presence of the tombs of the kings and the royal family of Nubia near the "Elephantine Island" which is now called the tombs of the nobles of Aswan.

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