Aswan Points of Interest and Places to Visit


Philae Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 163 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was once set on a holy island in the Nile River, the site of many pilgrimages. Although projects to dam the Nile once threatened the existence of ...  Read more

Aswan High Dam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Built in the 1960s as an engineering marvel, the Aswan High Dam changed the face of Egypt by increasing the cultivable land by 30% and doubling the country's available electricity supply. The dam ...  Read more

Abu Simbel Temples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Often referred to as the Temples of Ramses II, the two enormous sandstone structures at Abu Simbel were built in 1255 BC by Ramses II to commemorate himself and his favorite wife Nefertiti. The ...  Read more

St Simeon Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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

Aswan Botanic Garden

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

Designed by Lord Kitchener, the 16-acre Aswan Botanic Gardens is home to trees, flowers and plants from India, Africa and even the world beyond. Travelers can relax in the wide-open spaces of this ...  Read more

Temple of Kalabsha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

Built as a tribute to the Lower Nubian sun god, Mandulis, Temple of Kalabsha is one of Egypt’s numerous ancient and historic structures and a prime destination for travelers looking to step back into ...  Read more

Temple of Kom Ombo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 145 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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 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

Nubian Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 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 3 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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