Aswan Attractions

Here, we provide you with a lot of important details and information that any visitor to this beautiful city would like to know about Aswan. Aswan's oldest name is Swani which means the market because of its great position. To the south, it was considered the gateway to Africa with all its wonderful products such as stones, ivory, incense, and spices.

Things to do in Aswan

It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple and the majestic complex of Abusimbel temple, one of 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 the president ordered to build it. The people of Aswan are really friendly and generous. They have beautiful smiles, a greeting personality, as well as the origins of Egyptian customs and traditions in them.

With so many incredible locations and sightseeing to visit, you'll be spoilt for choice through our Aswan excursions! One of the best ways to see everything that Aswan has to offer is to take a 4-Days Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor and you will witness all the most amazing sights that you need to see in upper Egypt. 

To the south of Aswan lies the largest man-made lake in the world lake Nasser which has submerged a lot of the Nubian monuments after the construction of the high dam some of them were saved and relocated and can be visited today through a lot of Egypt tours, as there are a lot of Egypt Nile Cruise Tours start sailing from to stop at Aswan and Luxor attractions.

Edfu | Temple of Horus | Aswan Travel Guide

Edfu | The Temple of Horus

The Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved temples today that was dedicated to the god Horus and is located in the city of Edfu, on the west bank of the Nile River and is a great tourist spot to visit on your trip to Egypt.

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Philae Temple in Aswan | Aswan Travel Guide

Philae Temple | Temple of Isis

In the centre of the Nile, in the charming town of Aswan, is the Temple of Philae, one of the most ancient temples in Egypt, which tells the storey of an ancient civilization in one of the monuments of Nubian history, which were saved from falling after construction of the Great Dam.

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The High Dam in Aswan | Aswan Excursions and Day Tours

The High Dam

The Aswan High Dam is the largest project in Modern Egypt to prevent destructive flooding and extreme droughts from generating electricity. The most significant effort made by President Gamal abdel Nasser was to build the country for all Egyptians when the dam began to be constructed in the 1960s. The dam isn't the biggest in the world, but it's impressive.

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Kom Ombo Temple | Sobek Temple

Kom Ombo Temple | Temple of Sobek and Horus

The Kom Ombo historical temple is located in the north of the city of Kom Ombo, about 45 kilometres north of Aswan. This temple's architectural composition is unique in that it is based on two axes, each of which represents itself. To illuminate the temple at night, an integrated lighting project was also completed. It was founded during the reign of Ptolemy VI, an Egyptian pharaoh.

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Abu Simbel Temples | Abu Simbel Temple Facts

Abu Simbel Temples | Temple of Ramses II

The Temple of Abu Simbel in the governorate of Aswan is one of Egypt's most famous ancient temples. The importance of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel is due to its association with the phenomenon of the sun crossing the face of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II twice a year, the first corresponding to October 22 and the second to February 22 of each year.

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

Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

Hatshepsut ordered the creation of the Obelisk to complement what would later become known as the Lateran Obelisk, which was first located at Karnak before being taken to the Lateran Palace in Rome.

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The Nubian Village | Nubian Villages in Aswan

The Nubian Village

One of the oldest civilizations in Africa, traveling by felucca sailboat or modern motorboat, you will meet the locals, visit a traditional house, drink tea and have free time to explore the villages independently.

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Lake Nasser | Aswan Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser is located in southern Egypt, it is an artificial lake that was formed after the construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River. It is divided into two parts: one part is located in southern Egypt, in the Upper Egypt region, and the other part is located in northern Sudan and is called Lake Nuba. The water storage capacity within the lake is approximately one hundred and thirty-two cubic kilometers.

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Aswan Airport

Aswan Airport

Aswan International Airport is located in the city of Aswan in southern Egypt. It is an international tourist airport serving the Nuba region in southern Egypt.

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The Nubian Museum in Aswan

Aswan Nubian Museum

You cannot come to Aswan without visiting the enchanting Nubian Museum. Not only for its ancient historical content, but for its amazing architectural design designed by engineer Mahmoud Al-Hakim, and designed to uniquely simulate the Nubian architecture spread in Aswan.

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Kalabsha Temple in Aswan

Kalabsha Temple in Aswan | Aswan Attractions

The temple of Kalabsha in Aswan was built from sandstone rocks and is considered one of the most important temples of the unique Nubian architectural style. And the second largest of the temples that merged the Egyptian and Nubian styles, after Abu Simbel.

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

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

The area received its name from the road of rams leading to the temple of Ramses II, whose entrance was preceded by a road on each side of which was decorated with a group of Great Sphinxes in the form of crouching sevens. The temple of Wadi El Seboua or the Valley of the Lions temple is one of the three temples established by King Ramses II in Nubia.

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Temple of Beit El Wali | Temple of Ramses II

Temple of Beit El Wali | Ramses II Temple in Old Nubia

Beit El Wali in Lower Nubia is one of the oldest temples built by Ramses II as a form of control over the region of Nuba, and like the rest of the temples of Ramses II, was carved directly into the rock, except that it was not in its original place, so it was saved from the waters of Lake Nasser, and now south of the Temple of Kalabsha.

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Amada Temple in Nubia | Temple of Amada

Amada Temple in Nubia | Temple of Amada Egypt

The Amada Temple is the oldest temple in the Nubian region of Egypt. The temple was established during the reign of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, as a consecration of the gods Ra and Amon. The temple was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, as part of the monuments of Nubia from Abu Simbel to Philae.

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Kitchener's Island in Aswan | Aswan Botanical Garden

Kitchener's Island in Aswan | El Nabatat Island

The Island of Plants, one of the oldest parks in the world and the most important tourist attraction in the city of Aswan. It is located all on one island, containing many rare trees and plants, and this island has witnessed the visit of many prominent historical figures, perhaps the most important of them, Nehru, Prime Minister of India.

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Elephantine Island in Aswan

Elephantine Island Temple in Aswan

Elephantine Island in the Nile is an oasis of tranquility. There is no traffic, the view of the river is beautiful and the residents are the nicest people in Egypt. Elephantine Island is the perfect place to base yourself when visiting Aswan. Read more in this article about the things to do, how to get there, where to stay, and more.

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St. Simeon Monastery in Aswan

St. Simeon Monastery | The Monastery of Saint Simeon in Aswan

The monastery of St. Simeon in Aswan, is named after "one of the saints of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Samaan al-Kharraz, is a good Coptic man who lived during the time of the Fatimid caliph". Spread over an area of almost a thousand meters, it is considered an "architectural jewel" in the heart of the mountain, which attracts many tourists to visit it and "see the mountain that was moved from its place".

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Agilika Island in Aswan | Aswan Agilika Island

Agilika Island in Aswan | Philae Temple Island

Agilkia is an island in the ancient Aswan Dam reservoir along the Nile River in southern Egypt. It is the current site of the Temple of Philae after it was moved from Philae after it was submerged by floodwaters in 1902, The Temple of Philae was dismantled and moved to the island of Agilkia as part of a larger UNESCO project.

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Aswan Botanical Gardens| El Nabatat Island in Aswan

Aswan Botanical Gardens| El Nabatat Island in Aswan

The Botanical Garden or El Nabatat Island is an important landmark in the Aswan governorate and one of the best parks preferred to visit in the governorate, especially during seasons and holidays. The botanical garden is located within the city of Aswan and is surrounded by the waters of the Nile from all sides and the botanical garden includes the rarest types of plants in the world.

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Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan

Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan

Tombs of the nobles are located near Luxor on the western mainland of the Nile on the west bank of Aswan, Egypt, are rock tombs that were for the rulers of Aswan, the Find and statesmen of the armed forces, civilians, priests, secretaries, and others, and are carved in sandstone.

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Cataract Hotel

Cataract hotel en Aswan

The Cataract Aswan Hotel, built on a Nile hill on the river's edge in Aswan in the late 1800s, is one of the city's finest and most prominent historic and luxury hotels.

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The Temple of Beit El-Wali | Temples of the king  Ramesses II

The Temple of Beit El-Wali

The Temple of Beit el wali is one of King Ramesses II's temples devoted to the worship of the main god Amun and the god Khnum.

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Temple of beit el-wali Aswan

Temple of beit el-wali Aswan | Nubian monuments | Nubia Egypt

An extraordinary visit to one of the beautiful sites of Aswan, the temple of Beit El-Wali, considered one of the most famous Nubian monuments. Look at the representation of the great Ramses II on the great wall of the temple.

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Toshka project | Toshka lakes

The Toshka Project is a project to be carried out in the Toshka Meadow area in Egypt, which aims to create a new delta south of the Western Sahara parallel to the Nile.

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 Nubian Heritage Egypt | Nubian History and Culture  | The cultures of Nubia | Nubian lifestyle

Nubian History and Culture | Nubian Heritage Egypt

It is hard not to fall in love with the history of the Nubians, who are still vibrant and practicing their traditional customs and culture 50 years after being displaced, with hundreds of villages submerged under Lake Nasser.

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The Old Aswan Dam | Aswan Low Dam

the Aswan Low Dam or the old Aswan Dam could be a masonry-contrafort dam on the Nile in the Aswan of Egypt. The dam was designed at the previous initial cataract of the Nile and is found regarding a thousand metric linear units up-river and 690 metric linear units east of Cairo.

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Aga Khan Mausoleum | Aswan Egypt

Mausoleum of Aga khan

The Aga Khan Mausoleum is located 2.5 miles from Aswan Train Station and was built by Muhammad Shah, known as the Aga Khan III. He was the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Shi'a community in India

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Gebel El Silsla

how geology influenced the monumental building style of ancient Egypt, how limestone became the building material of choice in the north, and sandstone in the south.

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Egyptian Russian friendship monument

This large monument is located near the Aswan High Dam and honors Russian-Egyptian friendship.

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The Old Cataract Hotel

The old Cataract Hotel is located in Aswan and dates back to the nineteenth century. It is a royal 5-star hotel that was initially a palace and was opened in 1899 AD during the reign of King Farouk and is one of the oldest hotels in Aswan.

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Fatimid Cemetery| Fatimid Cemetery Aswan

Fatimid Cemetry

The Fatimid Cemetery has a very unique Islamic architecture, it is located on the road which leads to the  Aswan Airport, behind the Nubian museum in Aswan. Some of these tombs date back to the Islamic conquest of Egypt in 21 A.H, and the other tombs date back to the Fatimid conquest of Egypt.

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Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is a temple in Madrid, Spain. It is a former Egyptian temple that was gifted to Spain in 1968. The temple was originally built in the 2nd century BC and was dedicated to the god Amun. It was moved to Spain in 1968 to save it from being flooded by the Aswan Dam. The temple is located in the Parque del Oeste, in the west of Madrid. It is a popular tourist attraction and is open to the public.

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