It is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile 899
km south of Cairo. Aswan is considered the most
beautiful winter resort not only in Egypt, but also
in the whole world as it is distinguished by its
fascinating nature and serenity far from the bustle
of cities and its warm weather which is
characterized by dryness and sunshine throughout the
One can spend a pleasant time wandering along the
Nile corniche where the sandy tourmaline desert
merges with granite rocks around aquamarine isles
covered with palm trees and plants. One can also
take a Nile cruise with sail-boats at sunset or a
tour in the market which abounds in handicrafts,
local products, spices and perfumes.
Don't Forget to take a Felucca in the Nile in Aswan
Main tourist's sites
It was one of the most powerful forts on Egypt's
southern borders. It lies opposite the old Cataract
Hotel. On the island there are the relics of stone
temples of various eras including the temple of
Khnum, erected during the old Kingdom and
reconstructed at the turn of the Pharaonic era. The
island houses "The Nilometer" dating back to the
Roman era and also a museum containing an important
collection of relics of the Greco-Roman eras which
were discovered in Aswan and Nubia.
Plantation (Kitchener) Island
It lies in the mid-stream near Elephantine Island.
It is a natural exhibition of exotic plants and
trees imported from all over the world.It is the
best place for spending leisure time relaxing in
This temple was dedicated to goddess Isis. It was
over flooded by the Nile. Philae temple was
dismantled and reassembled in a new site on Agilika
Island, about 500 km from its former site on Philae
The unfinished Obelisk
A huge obelisk incompletely carved, about 41 meters
high and more than 1150 tons in weight. It owes its
importance to the fact that it shows the techniques
the ancient Egyptians used in carving obelisks.
There is the Fatimid cemetery which includes
hundreds of tombs built of mud brick that dates back
to the ninth century.
The Nubian Museum
The construction of the museum in Aswan is regarded
as a great success of the international campaign for
saving the monuments of Nubia which was supported by
The museum houses three thousand artifacts
representing various archaeological periods
throughout the history of Egypt (prehistoric,
Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic and the Islamic).
The Cultural Centre in Aswan
The Cultural Centre in Aswan by Corniche El Nile,
presents evening shows of Nubian folk art. The
performances reflect local traditional life pattern
of Nubians covering dance,music and ethnic
The High Dam
The High Dam is one of the outstanding architectural
achievements of the twentieth century. It was
constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in
1902. The High Dam was constructed to protect Egypt
from the floods as well as providing irrigation and
electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long.
Visitors can easily locate Lake Nasser which is a
huge water reservoir.
West Bank tourist sites
Tombs of the Nobles
hey are carved in the rocks of the west mountain
opposite to the north end of Aswan city. They date
back to the 23rd century B.C. Inside the tombs are
decorated with vivid murals depicting scenes of
everyday life, hieroglyphic biographies and
inscriptions showing the noblemen journeys into
The Agha Khan Museum
It features a typical architecture of the Fatimid
style. Agha Khan was the late leader of the Ismaili
sect, who preferred to spend winter every year in
The Monastery of St.Simeon
It dates back to the 6th century A.D. It is one of
the most intact Coptic monasteries which includes a
church, whose frescoes are still extant representing
Jesus Christ and the Saints.
Visitors can make tours to Kom ombo and Edfu by
feluccas, coach or taxi
Kom Ombo Temple.
It is located in Kom ombo town, 45 km north of
Aswan. It is built on a hillside overlooking the
Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic
Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek,
the crocodile god.It is noted for relief engravings
on its walls which show ancient surgical tools,bone
saws and dentistry tools.
Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles.They are
now in Hathor's chapel. Near Kom ombo you can go on
a visit to camel market held every Tuesday in Draw,
where camels brought from north Sudan to be sold.
It lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the
west bank of the Nile. It dates back to the
Ptolemaic period.It was dedicated to the worship of
god Horus represented as a falcon. It is one of the
most beautiful Egyptian temples,distinguished by its
huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and
Its grandeur competes with Luxor temples. It is the
second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses
the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance. It
was discovered in 1860 by the famous archaeologist
Mariette. On its walls are reliefs which depict the
history of Ptolemy's and reflect religious belief
and art style of the period.
Once the ancient kingdom of Kush, Nubia houses
archaeological sites of great interest: temples,
fortresses and tombs. The construction of the high
dam posed a great danger of over flooding the
temples of Philae, Kalabsha and Abu Simbel.
The Nubians still retain their customs, traditions,
language and architecture. One can enjoy a cruise
Lake Nasser by boats to explore the new Nubia after
relocating the flooded temples.
Temples of Nubia
Temple of Kalabsha
It dates back to the Greco-Roman era. Built by the
Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the
Nubian god Mandolis.
Temple of Beit AL-Wali
Dates back to the reign of Ramses II. Its walls are
decorated with bright coloured reliefs depicting the
military victories of the king.
Kiosk of Kertassi
Dedicated to the goddess Isis, with two magnificent
Temple of Amada
The oldest temple in Nubia,built by three pharaohs
of the Thutmosis dynasty.
Temple of Derr
Next to Amada temple,built by Ramses II ,and
dedicated to the sun god Ra.
Temple of Penout
The only surviving tomb of an Egyptian viceroy in
The relics of an ancient citadel.
Wadi al-Seboua' Temple
Constructed in the reign of Ramses II for the
worship of god Amon.
Temple of Dakka
Built by Amenophis II dedicated to Thot. It was
reconstructed in the Graeco-Roman era.
Situated 280km south of Aswan, the two temples of
Abu Simbel are the most magnificent temples in the
world. The first temple was built by the mighty
Pharaoh Ramses II, the other for his wife Queen
Nefertari. Their relocation is an achievement
supported and managed by UNESCO.
The Great Temple of Abu Simbel ( Ramses II )
It is built by Ramses II. It is distinguished by its
main fašade with four colossal statues of Ramses II
sit enthroned wearing the double crown of Upper and
Lower Egypt. The temple was dedicated to the sun god
Ra' Horakhti. The most interesting relic is the
Qadesh battle scene recording his victories over the
Hittites. It was built on a strict east –west axis
so that the morning sun actually reached the
innermost sanctuary at dawn, illuminating the
statues of Ptah, Amon, Ramses II and Ra –Horakhty
twice a year.
The Small Temple of Abu Simbel ( Nefertari )
It is located 50 meters from the great temple. It
was built by Ramses II for his beautiful wife
Nefertari to be worshipped with other gods. It is
also called the temple of Hathor, the goddess of
love and beauty. Its facade is adorned by six
statues four for Ramses II and two for his wife
Nefertari. The walls of the temple are decorated
with scenes depicting Ramses and Nefertari offering
sacrifices to the gods.
Sound and Light show of Abu Simbel temples
Three daily shows are held in various languages.
Hotels in Aswan
Amoun Tourist Village
Aswan Oberoi Hotel
Tel: 097-231 -4666 14667
Basma Swiss Inn Hotel
7e/: 097-231 -0901/2/3
Old Cataract Hotel
Pyramisa Isis Island
Tel: 097-231-7400/ 1/2