There are many cities in Egypt but only the city of Aswan can reflect the great heritage and pure Egyptian culture. It attacked as the southern frontlines of the country during ancient times and home to the Nubian culture in Egypt. Aswan has always played a role in the history of Egypt since the date of its creation as it was the main provider to precious building material like limestone, quartzite, and Granite due to her rich habitat. Considered by many to one of the most beautiful and important cities in the world because of the various monuments located in her arms that reflects a great deal about pre-historical ancient times. The city is of UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of folk art and Craft.
Aswan is located in upper Egypt 220 km (137 mi) south of Luxor and 890 km (553 mi) south of Cairo on the foot of the Nile valley. The climate of the city is hot all year long. It is the third biggest city in Cairo and the biggest in upper Egypt. The city geographical nature has changed in certain location because of the construction of Aswan High Dam which led to the near flooding & destruction of many majestic temples like Abu Simbel and Philae Temple in the 60s but thanks to the UNESCO the temple was saved and transported to a new location in one of the hardest challenges in modern architecture history. Even within the modern era, the city is miraculously able to attract people’s attention.
During its creation, Aswan was called Swenett and later on swan which means market, the city was located on the main trade road between the southern land and Egypt which was the main supplier of Gold, ivory and many others. The city also has a very religious connection as they worshipped the deity Khnum ( deity of the source of the Nile ) as it was believed that Aswan was believed to be the main source of the Nile and later on replaced by the deity Isis ( deity of protection magic ). The city provides many stones for the construction of many mega structures like Obelisks and even the pyramids. It contains many attractions like the Abu Simbel temple, constructed by Ramses II in 1244 BC to immortalize his legacy and safeguard his victories and history from oblivion, the Philae temple is also a famous landmark which became the worship house of Isis in 690 BC. One of the most popular artifacts is the massive Unfinished Obelisk of Hatshepsut and on the coast of the Nile lies the temple of Kom Ombo which was built between 332 and 395 BC to worship Sobek the God of the Nile. The temple of Edfu is also able to grab people’s attention as the house of the Sky God Horus and the location where the Battle between Horus and His evil Uncle Set took place. Aswan also contains many hidden destinations like Monastery of St.Simeon, Tombs of the Nobles, Aga Khan Mausoleum, and many others.
All of these historical attractions are a part of Nile cruise between Luxor to Aswan and Egypt Tours Portal provide you the chance to explore what the Nubian city has to offer from the breathtaking temples and tombs to the ancient heritage rinse, so visit our Egypt tour packages and choose a dream vacation.