Aswan

Aswan Attractions

Abu Simbel Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 122 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The two temples at Abu Simbel are perhaps the best known and most visited ancient sites in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza. Built by Ramesses II in the 13th century BC to commemorate himself and ...  Read more

Philae Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Philae was a holy island in the Nile River where the ancient Egyptians built a temple to the goddess Isis. With the projects to dam the Nile - first with the Aswan Dam, then later in the 1960s with ...  Read more

Aswan High Dam

4 star rating: Recommended 81 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Built in the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam was an engineering marvel at the time and changed the face of Egypt. It increased the cultivable land by 30% and doubled Egypt's available electricity supply. ...  Read more

St Simeon Monastery

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The fortress-like 7th century Monastery of St. Simeon was first dedicated to the 4th century local saint Abba Hedra, who renounced the world on his wedding day. It was rebuilt in the 10th century ...  Read more

Temple of Kom Ombo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Dating from 180BC, this is an unusual temple because it is duplicated, mirroring itself on either side of a central axis. This is because it was dedicated to two gods: Sobek, god of fertility and ...  Read more

Lake Nasser

4 star rating: Recommended 81 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Named after the Egyptian President who started the process, Lake Nasser is a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam which effectively modernised Egypt, doubling its electic supply and ...  Read more

Unfinished Obelisk

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Unfinished Obelisk is a huge discarded granite obelisk. Three sides of the shaft, which is nearly 138 feet (42m) long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1,168 tonnes, the ...  Read more

Tombs of the Nobles

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The high cliffs opposite Aswan, just north of Kitchener's Island, are honeycombed with the Tombs of the Nobles, tombs of the governors, the keepers of the Gate of the South, and other dignitaries of ...  Read more

Nubian Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Nubian Museum is a showcase of the history, art and culture of Nubia and is a real treat. Established in 1997, in cooperation with Unesco, the museum is a reminder of the history and culture ...  Read more

Nubian Village

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Sandwiched between the ruins of Abu and the Mövenpick resort hotel are two colorful Nubian Villages, Siou and Koti. Strolling through their shady alleys and gardens is a wonderful way to ...  Read more

Elephantine Island

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

Elephantine Island is the site of ancient Abu (meaning both elephant and ivory in ancient Egyptian), both names a reminder of the island's once important ivory trade. At the beginning of the 1st ...  Read more

Aga Khan Mausoleum

High up on the west bank stands the elegant marble Tomb of Mohammed Shah Aga Khan, the 48th imam (leader) of the Ismaili sect, who died in 1957, and of his wife the Begum, who died in 2000. Aswan ...  Read more

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