The ancient city's beauty evolves from its untainted culture, many Pharaonic monuments, and the amazing beautiful scenery of the Nile bouncing on to hard rock and palm trees. Aswan the best winter resort in Egypt , the most enchanting in the world and the least expensive , beautiful scenery , peace and quiet temperate weather , warm and dry as well as invigorating and healing sun. situated on the Eastern bank of the Nile , 899 km south of Cairo , Aswan is the gate to the African continent , What gives Aswan a special importance is that the great past and the glorious present co-exist on its soil.
South of the city of Aswan lies the beautiful temple complex of Philae . Its main temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and its construction was undertaken during the third century B.C. Philae was the last bastion of ancient Egyptian religion and hieroglyphic usage. It is also a superb example of threatened cultural heritage being saved in the face of modern civilization's march to change the environment Its various shrines and sanctuaries, which include The Vestibule of Nectanebos I which is used as the entrance to the island, the Temple of the Emperor Hadrian a Temple of Hathor, Trajan's Kiosk (Pharaohs Bed)
Much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are many inscriptions, many of which describe successful quarrying projects. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Possibly intended as a companion to the Lateran Obelisk, originally at Karnak but now in Rome, it would have weighed over 2.3 million pounds and would have been the worlds largest piece of stone ever handled. However, a crack in the stone occurred, which caused it to be abandoned. Tools left by it's builders have given us much insight into how such work was performed. The site has recently been renovated and equipped with tourist facilities. Nearby is the Fatimid Cemetery
10km from Aswan Town , in the lotus-shaped monument to soviet-Egyptian cooperation , you can take a lift to the top where you can see the Dam and the huge electric generators which is the main source for electricity in Egypt as well you can see lake Nasser which extends over 500km south , passing the Egyptian frontier into the Sudan.
Abu Simbel Tempel
Abu Simbel is a set of two temples near the border of Egypt with Sudan. It was constructed for the pharaoh Ramesses II who reigned for 67 years during the 13th century BC (19th Dynasty). The Great Temple is dedicated to Ramesses II and a statue of him is seated with three other gods within the innermost part of the rock-cut temple (the sanctuary). The temple's facade is dominated by four enormous seated statues of the Pharaoh , although one has been damaged since ancient times. The facade consists of four statues of the pharaoh seated on his throne and represent his advancing age with the youngest to the left as viewed from the front. Twice a year a ray of sunlight would penetrate the front entrance .. The Small Temple was probably completed ahead of the Great Temple and is dedicated to Ramesses' favorite wife, Nefertari. At the entrance stand six 10-metre-high rock-cut statues - two of Ramesses and one of Nefertari on either side of the doorway
Agha Khan Mousleum
Situated on the top of a hill,the 48th imam of the shia imami ismailis, which is a Moslem sect whose adherents livechifely in iran and Pakistan . with a superb view over the city of Aswan. The late Agha Khan, who maintained a villa here, is to be buried on the same island.
One of the magnificent which moved after the construction of the high dam, the temples are on an island reached by motor-boat. The temple is built of sand stone blocks and is dedicated to the Nubian fertility God. Its walls are covered with texts and inscriptions depicting Egyptian deities such as Isis, Osiris and others
Reached only with a Felucca (sail boat), an island situated in the middle of the Nile. It is a very pleasant stroll amidst this unique Botanical Garden, with a collection of exotic trees and flowers from the Orient and Africa, planted by Lord Kitchener
Sound & Light At Philae
The spectacle displays the past of the eternal city of ancient monuments are a living evidence to its historical importance. The ancient monuments of this city are displayed in a an interesting artistic manner ranging from clear portrayal and entraining narration to pictorial representation with musical background.
In November 1997, the long-awaited Nubian Museum opened in Aswan. It has been worth the wait as it displays thousands of antiquities that would have been lost under the waters of Lake Nasser had not a major international effort salvaged them during the 1960s and '70s. Also among the highlights are scenes of Nubian life demonstrated with a range of life-size displays. The museum features exhibits highlighting aspects of Nubia influenced during the Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic periods. The museum is built on a hill on the road heading south from Aswan before the turnoff to the Unfinished Obelisk. The facility sits amid gardens that feature antiquities, a waterway representing the River Nile, a cave fitted out with pre-historic wall carvings, and a Nubian house.