Aswan and Lake Nasser

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  • 1. Al-Dakka

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Ptolemaic and Roman Temple of al-Dakka has been moved from its original site to a new one not far from Wadi al-Sebua. Dakka was originally...Read More

  • 2. Al-Derr

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Temple of al-Derr was moved near the site of Amada in 1964. It is a rock-cut temple built by Ramses II and dedicated to himself, Amun-Ra...Read More

  • 3. Amada

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The main part of the Temple of Amada, dedicated to Amun-Ra and Ra-Harakhte, was constructed in the 18th Dynasty. Various 19th-Dynasty pharaohs...Read More

  • 4. Aswan High Dam


    Gamel Abdel Nasser's vision of a modern Egypt rose and fell on the construction of the dam, which began in 1960. It took Soviet financing, plus...Read More

  • 5. Aswan Souk

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    You won't find fresh elephant tusks here these days, as in the past, but this is still a lively, colorful marketplace filled with Nubian music...Read More

  • 6. Daraw Camel Market


    Known for its Sunday camel market, Daraw is otherwise a hot, dusty, and flyblown place. The camels come up from Sudan along the 40 Days Road...Read More

  • 7. Elephantine Island

    Elephantine Island | Museum/Gallery

    Sources attribute the name Elephantine Island to three possibilities: the elephant cult symbol of a predynastic Egyptian tribe; the ancient...Read More

  • 8. Kitchener's Island

    Kitchener's Island | Garden

    Also known as the Island of Plants, Kitchener's Island is named after Lord Horatio Kitchener, famed for his campaigns in the Sudan at the start...Read More

  • 9. Mausoleum of the Aga Khan

    Aswan West Bank | Cemetery

    The Fatimid-style Tomb of Sultan Muhammed Aga Khan III (d. 1957), leader of the Shi‘a Isma‘ili (Shi‘ite) sect, stands sentry over Aswan on a...Read More

  • 10. New Kalabsha


    The temples from the sites of Kalabsha and Beit al-Wali were moved to the island of New Kalabsha near Aswan. This rocky island, redolent of...Read More

  • 11. Nubia Museum

    Aswan South | Museum/Gallery

    This is the triumphant capstone of the effort to preserve Nubian culture and folk heritage in the wake of the building of the Aswan High Dam...Read More

  • 12. Philae

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest physical evidence, from blocks found on-site, of the worship of Isis dates back to the reign of the 25th-Dynasty Ethiopian pharaoh...Read More

  • 13. Qasr Ibrim

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is a large site on what is now an island. Not too many years ago the area was attached to the mainland by a spit of land. Because of the...Read More

  • 14. Saint Simeon's Monastery

    Aswan West Bank | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This brooding mass dates from approximately the 7th century AD, and it is one of the largest and best-preserved Coptic monasteries in Egypt...Read More

  • 15. Seheyl Island


    Also called Sehel Island, this is one of many islets (some of which are game preserves) in the cataract, or rapids, where the Nile narrows in...Read More

  • 16. Temple of Haroeris and Sobek

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD, the temple stands on a bend in the Nile. It is especially romantic to behold the temple...Read More

  • 17. Temples of Ramses II and Nefertari

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Abu Simbel began as a small village of a few houses clustered at some distance from the temples of Abu Simbel. Now it is a lush oasis with hotels...Read More

  • 18. The Fisherman's Port


    Just before you get to the High Dam, on the way out from Aswan, turn left down the road to the water to get to this ramshackle port, with its...Read More

  • 19. The Old Dam


    The British built the first Aswan Dam between 1898 and 1902 using blocks of local granite. The structure stands more than 130 feet tall, some...Read More

  • 20. Tombs of the Nobles and Gubgubet al-Hawa (Tomb of the Wind)

    Aswan West Bank | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The West Bank is the final resting place of the Keepers of the Southern Gate, the adventuresome ancient Egyptian noblemen of Elephantine who...Read More

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