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Aswan

Lies on the shores of the Nile River in the south of Egypt where the western desert and eastern desert meet.
Aswan has a gorgeous winter climate and can call it a winter resort for tourists , temperature is between 22-32.
Its old name is Swenet – means TRADE – as it was a busy market centre of the region , its people had moved from the desert dunes  to the fertile banks of the Nile in search of a water supply.

The city had an important role of protecting southern borders of Egypt from invaders , the city was a military town in the times of the Pharaos.

Today Aswan is characterised  by its abundance of palm trees and tropical gardens standing beside one of the widest parts of the Nile River.

Places to see in Aswan

Kitchner Island, was given as a reward to Lord Kitchner in recognition of his services to the Egyptain army during the Sudan campaign in late 1800s, Lord Kitchner created an island of fantastic trees and plants, many of the species were imported from around the world, today is one of the loveliest places along the Nile and a great place to relax, it is also called the Botanical gardens.

Elephantine Island, one of the largest islands in the Nile, It was called so because it is surrounded with rocks in Elephants shape. In ancient times it played a very important role in defending the city.

The temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess ISIS and was dismantled and reconstructed on Agilika Island after the High Dam of Aswan was built.

The Nilometer, was established to measure the level of the Nile.

The unfinished obelisk, it was meant to be one of the obelisks placed in many temples around Egypt but and in order for us to have an idea of how the ancient Egyptians created these structures, it was left  there unfinished due to some defects so we almost know how they were created.

The Nubian museum, due to the quantities of material recovered from tombs, temples and settlements, UNESCO was encouraged in the 1980's to plan a new Nubian museum in Aswan where the objects could be stored and exhibited. It was universally felt at the time that they should be kept as close as possible to their principal places of origin.

Nearly twelve years later, the Museum became a reality and opened its doors in November 1997.
The largest part of the museum is occupied by the monumental pieces, reflecting phases of the development of the Nubian culture and civilization.

3000 pieces of antiquities, representing various ages; Geological, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic, were registered.

The Nubian Villages, where the Nubians live – very kind and welcoming people renowned with their love of festivals and colourful dress – when you visit them, have even a very short conversation with them and sit for a tea drink you feel warm and secure as if you are home among your own family.