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Aswan: What to see
Elephantine Island: Named so for being a major Ivory trading post, this oldest inhibited part of Aswan provides visitors with an insight on ancient times. The Island was the cult center of the God Khnum; Creator of human kind, and God of the Nile flood. The ruins of Khnum’s temple built in the 4th Century BC could still be visited, as well as the magnificent Statet temple built by Queen Hatshepsut. Check out the three Nubian villages located on in the middle of the island, characterized by brightly colored houses.

Nilometer: Dating from Pharaonic times, the Nilometer was a structure built to record the height of the annual flooding of the Nile, and so indicates the crop yield of next year. Basic calibration still found on the Nilometer’s walls were used as an efficient measurement tool.

Nilometer in Aswan, Egypt
(Nilometer in Aswan, Egypt)

Nubian Museum: A museum dedicated to trace the life in Nubia, from the earliest settlements to the present day. A visit to the museum reveals magnificent Nubian crafts and pottery worth seeing for those who want to get a deeper insight on the rich culture flourishing on the banks of the Nile.

Aswan Museum: Located near the southern end of Elephantine Island, in the midst of spectacular sub-tropical gardens, this museum holds many exhibits ranging from Pre-historic to Greco-Roman treasures.

Aga Khan Mausoleum: An impressive structure located on the West bank of Aswan, eternalizing a captivating love story born in the romantic city; that of Aga Khan and his beloved wife. Aga Khan was a Shiite Muslim leader in love with Aswan, and after his death, his widow erected that beautiful Fatimid style Mausoleum on the hillside behind their villa in his honor. Until her death in the year 2000, the widow placed a red rose on her husband’s sarcophagus everyday, inspiring lovers who came from different walks of life to appreciate the beauty of the sight, and of eternal love.

The High Dam: The immense Aswan's High Dam was built between 1960 and 1971, currently offering its visitors with a pavilion detailing the construction of the Dam.
Recommended: Head 500 meters south the Dam to visit the world’s largest, artificial Lake ”Lake Nasser”. This lake was created by the construction of the Dam, where an enormous blue expanse stretches beautifully in the arid desert.

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