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  • 05 16, 2023

If you didn’t visit the island of Bigeh you are missing a lot. It is an island and archaeological site that sits along the Nile River in historic Nubia and is connected to the Aswan Governorate of southern Egypt. It was a holy place to the ancient Egyptians. There was a rumor that Osiris was buried there.

Bigeh is an island and archaeological site in the southern Egyptian governorate of Aswan, located along the Nile River in historic Nubia. Since the dam's original completion in 1902, the island has been located within its reservoir, the Old Aswan Dam.

Bigeh Island was an Egyptian sacred ground. They thought that the island held Osiris's tomb, and the temple that stood there was called Abaton, which translates to "untrodden place" in Greek because only priests were permitted to enter. Seneca and Lucan both mentioned the temple.

 It is one of the world Heritage sites, located close to Philae and Agilikia islands in the middle of ancient archaeological sites, the temple found there was named Abaton, Greek for "untrodden place" because only clergy were allowed to put foot there. and also the temple was referred to as Seneca and Lucan. It is believed that it might have been built in the Roman era too.

Because of its near place to the largest cult sites of Philae, its importance, and it was in the center of Osiris worship too. it is one of a large number of locations claimed as the burial place of the god.

the structures in Bigeh were untouched by the flooding of Lake Nasser by the Aswan Dam project, because of the location on the highest outcrop of rocks on the island. Wide lotus-headed columns flank the gateway. and In the distance is topped with a relief carving of a winged sun disk, , the monuments of Philae can be seen from there too, including the Hypaethral Kiosk of Trajan and a large part of the Isis temple.

We have one of our great tours in Egypt travel packages where you will see most of Egypt's attractions, and all our Egypt Day tour is available to make a great memory of you here in Egypt. You also are able to spend great nights in Egypt on Nile River Cruise tours.

If you like history, and the civilization of the Egyptians, then a visit to Bigeh Island is considered a unique experience of its kind, if you book your trip with us, it is that among the things that distinguish Cairo Top Tours is its ability to offer everything that covers all desires, along with its professional tour guides.

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‪Aswan, Egypt: A Local's City Guide‬‏
Aswan in southern Egypt is a unique mix of Ancient Egypt, rural village, urban city, Nubian heritage, river, desert and modern history. If it sounds like a diverse mix.

Onboard, you can dress however you want.

It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or travel clinic before visiting Aswan to ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and to inquire about any specific health precautions for the region. It's also recommended to drink bottled water and take necessary measures to protect yourself from the sun and heat.

The distance between the Abu Simbel Temples and Aswan is roughly 280 kilometers (174 miles). Traveling there by domestic flight from Aswan Airport takes about forty-five minutes. Tour operators and travel agencies provide numerous organized day trips to Abu Simbel from Aswan.


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