Where is Aswan Located?
Aswan is the southern gate of Egypt, located in southern Egypt on the east bank of the Nile River, facing the island of Elephantine. It’s one of the driest places in the world and one of the most relaxed places in Egypt where tranquility, beautiful nature, temperate, dry climate, warm sun can be found easily.
The History of Aswan City
Aswan was called “Swenett” or “Souan” in ancient Egypt which means a market, it used to be a trade center with ancient Egypt and Sudan. Aswan name became“Syene” in the ancient Greek, then Aswan for our modern era. It was the frontier garrison around the history, which protected ancient Egyptians from Nubbin attacks and played a major role when Kings of the Middle Kingdom tried to conquer the south lands and to repel the Hexos. It was the home of the first war institute in Egypt built by Mohamed Ali.
The Most Famous Archaeological Sites in Aswan
Aswan is one of the best attraction places in Egypt and considered by many a must-see destination in Egypt. The most famous attractions are:-
Abu Simple Temple which was craved in the mountain by Ramses II, Philae Temple where you can find Temple of Hathor and Kiosk of Trajan, The Unfinished Obelisk which weighs 1.168 tons, 41 meters long and 4 meters wide, The Nubia Museum which contains the monuments of both ancient and modern Nubia history it contains artifacts, black and white photos for the project of saving temples of Philae and Abu Simbel, Kalabsha temple which dates back to the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus was built to the Nubian fertility. Aswan is filled with a lot of tourist attraction like Monastery of St.Simeon, Tombs of the Nobles, Aga Khan Mausoleum, Western Quarry (GebalSimaan), Wadi al-Subua and some modern attractions such as Aswan High Dam which was built in 1970 to protect Egypt from annual Nile flood.
All of these historical attractions are a part of Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. If you prefer to enjoy a wonderful trip to Egypt and discover all of these historical monuments then you can visit our Egypt tour packages and choose dream vacation.