No part in the world can be compared by the beautiful city of Aswan; when you pay a visit to Aswan you will feel as you transferred to another planet while seeing the incomparable nature and landscape contributed by the Nile River. In the time of ancient Egyptian Aswan was known as “Sonw” which means “Market” where it was the trade center for caravans which came to Nubba, later on in the Ptolemy era it was known as “Sin” then called “Aswan” by Nubian people. Some called it “Gold City” because it was a great treasure or a tomb for Nubian kings who lived on its lands for thousands of years.
Aswan is a beautiful winter resort because of beautiful climate in the winter. It away of Cairo 899 Km and connected to by railway, land roads, Nile Cruises and domestic flights. The panoramic view of The Nile River in Aswan is distinguished by rocks and rounded islands surrounded by palms and plants in its heart. Enjoy walking on the wide Corniche of Aswan watching barks or having delicious meal in one of floating restaurants listening to Nubian Music and watching folkloric shows. You can also have a tour to the markets which are full of perfumes, spices and accessories stores.
The Best Places to visit in Aswan:
1. Kalabsha Temple
Kalabsha Temple back to the roman emperor Octavious August (30 B.C), it is one of the biggest sandstone temples in Nubba and was moved to its current position in 1970. The walls of the temple are covered by inscriptions of gods such as Isis and Osiris.
2. Temple & House of Ruler
It’s a rocky temple and one of five temples built by Ramses II in Nubba, it includes a courtyard, a hall and a chamber full of multi-colored inscriptions and Kings images in the battle.
3. Philae Temple
Relocated from its original place in Philae Island and combined in Angelika Island after building the High Dam. Today boats take visitors to “Angelika Island” where the current site of the temple and left them in the Hall of Nectanebo (the oldest part of Philae). In the north of the temple there is an outer hall surrounded by columns on the two sides to the gate of “Isis Temple”.
4. Abu Simbel Temple
It is a unique archeological site in the heart of mountain south of Aswan consists of two grand temples sculptured in the rocks. It was built by Ramses II in 1250 B.C, the front of the temple consists of grand four statues and Ramses II statue which height is (20m2). The gate of the temple leads to chambers which lengths are 180 feet. Inside the temple there are six statues, four dedicated to Ramses II and two for his favorite wife Nefrtari.
5. Philae Island
It’s a fortress along Egyptian southern borders separated the Nile into two adverse canals in Aswan.
6. Plants Island
It’s a garden nearby Philae Island full of unique plants and trees imported from all over the world.
7. Angelika Island
The place in which Philae Temple was combined 500 m2 away of the original Philae Island. Sound and Light Show is made there by different languages.
8. The High Dam
Before building it, villages on the Nile banks were drowned in the time of floods in addition to monuments but after building it saved these villages from floods and created a new mode of irrigation “organized irrigation” the matter which provides more than one cultivation season in Egypt and enabled cultivation throughout the year.