Aswan Tourist Attractions Mixed by History
Aswan is Known to be the home of elegance, beauty, and magic. The city is Located in Upper Egypt 890KM (553 M) to the south of Cairo and 220KM (137 M) south of Luxor. Aswan used to be the southern front of Pharaonic as it stands at the foot of the Nile River. Due to the city’s location, it has a hot climate all year long, it is also A home Nubians who took Aswan as a home to escape the Nile floods. The city is known to be the house of the famous Aswan Dam that played a positive and negative part in the future of the city as it, unfortunately, led to the flooding the Abu Simbel Temple and Philae Temple which led to a massive rescue mission by the UNESCO. These Aswan tourist attractions can’t be missed during your Egypt travel packages.
How Aswan Came to Be?
During Ancient times it was called Swenett and later as Syene which means the market because it worked as a trade center between Egypt and the Southern Lands. Its location was a key role in launching many expeditions to many African lands. The city is also blessed with a lot of natural resources like sandstones, granite, and quartzite which was used in constructing various artifacts and monuments like obelisks, pyramids, Shrines through the ancient ages of Egypt. In the new Kingdom Hatshepsut ordered the construction of a massive Obelisk was it was broken and remained in its palace and became known as the Unfinished Obelisk which is now one of the most important Aswan tourist attractions that can’t be missed during your trips to Egypt. Also, in the new kingdom, the glorious temple of Abu Simbel was built in 1244 B.C by Ramses the second to immortalize his legacy, this marvelous archaeological site is a must visited place of Aswan tourist attractions through your private guided tour of Egypt or Nile cruises. The city had a deeply religious nature as they worshiped the Goddess Isis the Wife of Osiris during the Greco-Roman period that’s why in 690 BC the Philae temple was built, also in this Era, in 237 BC, the temple of the Sky God Hours a.k.a Edfu Temple was constructed to honor his great battle the Evil God Set. One of the most unique temples in Aswan is the double temple of KomOmbo, built between 332 and 395 BC that pay respects to Sobek god of the Nile and Horus.
Aswan Tourist Attractions Today
In the modern era, a series of rescue missions and relocating took place in the 60s in Aswan by the UNESCO to save the Abu Simbel and Philae temples from being submerged by the floods caused by the Aswan high dam which was highly successful in preserving priceless artifacts and history. Aswan is one of the most visited places in Egypt as it embraces the Nile like any other city, that’s why it is known to be a city of miracles.