Within the city of the golden heritage, Aswan exists a collection of tremendous allure and grandeur that has survived for thousands of years showcasing a beautiful vision of brilliance and wonder to the point where the city became one of UNESCO creative cities network in the category of folk art and Craft because of the number of great constructions and a ray of colorful walls across the Nubian neighborhood. All around there are countless things to do in Aswan that will leave a beautiful memory on your mind and soul for eternity. Here are the best things to do in Aswan:
1. Explore Elephantine Island
One of the most captivating sites to explore & best things to do in Aswan is an elephantine island at the southern border of Upper Egypt with lower nubia on the downstream of the first cataract where some of the most amazing archaeological attractions are located such as the temple of Khnum, a nilometer and a number of ruins dating to more than 300 years old.
2. Enjoy A Tour to the Nubian City
Imagine witnessing the finest examples of natural allure and creativity within the Nubian city that lies on the Nile river, 123,000 sq km between the city of Aswan in southern Egypt and Khartoum in central northern Sudan. The history of Nubia dates back to 2000 BCE and the Nubian villages are like a magical dimension filled with the rarest artistic elements, man-made structures, symbols, and mesmerizing colors.
3. Discover Monastery of St. Simeon
One of the most unique places to explore is the Monastery of Saint Simeon that dates back to the 7th century is the largest ancient Coptic architectural complex in Egypt located in the heart of the desert, 700 m from the Nile’s west bank opposite the island of elephantine. It was home of monks traveling into nubia, established by local saint Anba Hedra who has renounced the mortal world on the same day of his wedding.
4. Visit Tombs of the Nobles
In Aswan lies a rare site called the tombs of the nobles which was the final resting place for many nobles, official and governors the keepers of the southern gates from the old kingdom of Egypt(2686–2181 BC) inside the tombs are family complexes carries various descriptions in hieroglyphics, wall paintings & decorations that showcase the incredible daily Life of the ancient Egyptians.
5. Marvel at Abu Simbel Temple
There are no tours complete in Aswan without a visit to the Abu Simbel temple the southern protector of Egypt, Ramses the Great (1279-1213 BCE) gift the world constructed to immortalize his legacy and victory at the battle of Kadesh for generations to come. Visiting Abu Simbel temples is one of the majestic things to do in Aswan where it hosts the sun festival that takes place on 22 of February & October of each year when the sun shines on the faces of the four seated god statues of Amun, Ra, Ptah, and Ramses Himself.
6. Discover Philae Temple
The temple of Isis and the immortal myth of Osiris came to between 380 BC & 362 BC by King Ptolemy II and enlarged by various kings throughout the Ptolemaic Era. It was dedicated to Isis goddess of motherhood and the wife of the ruler of the underworld. What makes the temple special is the story on the temple’s walls which showcases the story of the infamous Osiris Myth.
7. Head to Kom Ombo Temple
Across the bank of the Nile is the hill of gold Kom Ombo which was constructed in the Greco Roman period between 205 BC & 180 BC in the reign of Ptolemy V. It has a unique double design divided into two identical sectors, the first section is dedicated for the crocodile god Sobek of fertility and the Nile waters while the other sector is dedicated for the sky deity Horus of victory and divine protection.
8. Visit Edfu Temple
Every traveler will have the chance to step inside the house of victory the temple of Edfu constructed in the Ptolemaic age between the year of 237 BC and 57 BC to be the official temple of the victorious sky deity Horus the son of the motherhood goddess Isis & the ruler of the underworld Osiris. Many believe the temple was built upon the same spot where the battle between the devil god Set and Horus took place according to Osiris Myth where hours came victorious.
9. Visit the Unfinished Obelisk
Imagine casting your eyes on one of the pillars of paradise that were established by Queen Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BC) to pierce the sky at the hight of 42 m but it was broken during constructions but it was able to showcase a great deal of information about constructions in ancient times.
10. Go To Aswan High Dam
One of the only few modern attractions constructed in the 60s is Aswan high dam that was designed as a co-operation project between the Egyptian and the Russian government, the Moscow based Hydro project Institute which was able to provide Egypt witness the means to be able to full advantage of the Nile floods, increase the water storage for irrigation in lake Nasser and generating Hydroelectricity
11. Explore Kalabsha Temple
One of the only few roman temples in Egypt is the great temple of Kalabsha built in 30 BC to honor the Nubian goddess of the sun Mandulis (Merul). it is located 50 Km south of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile as the finest example of ancient Egyptian architecture in Nubia.
12. Witness Aswan Beauty at Sunset
The sunset across Aswan is heavenly like the sun is waving goodbye in the most magical manner which makes any form of activities like a boat ride truly majestic or a super safari across the desert on the back of a camel or quad to the Nubian villages or watches the sun kissing the Abu Simbel temple a farewell until the next morning.
13. Visit Wadi Al-Subua
One of Ramses a great many constructions is the valley of the lions “Wadi Es Sebua” constructed in lower nubia dedicated to Horus but then altered to honor Amun. It consists of a rock-cut sanctuary fronted by a brick-built pylon, court, hall and amazing wall paintings
14. Ride a Felucca in the Nile River
One of the finest things to do in Aswan is board a Felucca on the Nile river and watch the sunrises and sunsets over the mesmerizing Nile rive that showcase the immortal rice beauty of the great civilization through the shining towers of art and brilliance across its banks.
15. Experience Nile River Cruise Between Luxor and Aswan
Since the dawn of time, Nile River cruises have been the main highlight and centerpiece of a genuine Egyptian holiday. The Nile cruise is able to create a state of peace and grace while drifting in complete relaxation and luxury across the most captivating examples of natural and man-made beauty in ancient Egypt. Between the two poles of wonder are the two magical cities of Luxor and Aswan where ancient natural beauty and immortal secrets are expressed clearly.
16. Enjoy Lake Nasser Nile River Cruise
A Nile cruise to Lake Nasser is a majestic chance to sail across a modern miracle and feel all the powerful spirit of ancient Egypt and enjoy the true taste of relaxation and luxury.
17. Shopping Tour at Souq Area
One of the busiest places in all of Aswan is the Aswan souk where the shopping experience is like shopping across different cultures and timelines. The souq is filled with various colorful, Egyptian, and Nubian goods and if any traveler is looking for stylish and beautiful souvenirs then Thebazzar has a Variety good at the best prices.
18. Discover Gebel El-Silsila
In Aswan lies a natural miracle is known as Gebel El-Silsila”Series of Mountains” “Place of Rowing” which is located in Upper Egypt 65 km north of Aswan where the cliffs on both ends of the Nile close up to the narrowest point all along the entire length of the Nile between Edfu and Kom Ombo. It used to be a major important query used to harness limestone.
19. Accommodate at Old Cataract Hotel
If you are looking for history, honor, and grace then the old cataract hotel is the one. It is a historical 5 stars hotel located on the banks of the river Nile built-in 1899 by Thomas cook. The hotel will get experience with the full luxury Aswan has to offer.
20. Explore Aga Khan Mausoleum
In Aswan lies the mausoleum of Mohammed Shan Agha Khan one of the richest men in the world at that time. He spent time in Aswan during his recovery from leg paralysis, where he admired by the allure of the city so he decided Aswan to be his final resting place. In late 1950, he ordered the construction of a mausoleum resembling the Fatimid tombs in Cairo with a special Pink Granite Structure. It is placed on the west bank of the Nile near the monastery of St. Simeons. The mausoleum attracts pilgrims due to his famous statue and captivating design.
21. Visit Nubian Museum
In the golden beautiful city of Aswan lies a magical chance to wander inside history inside the extraordinary Archaeological Museum constructed for honoring the culture of Nubian Culture. it contains 3,000 artifacts that date to 3500 BC across different historical ages from the Pharaonic era to the Greco-Roman period to the Coptic & Islamic age and more than 500,000 displays that tell the full story of the Nubian culture.
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