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Welcome to Aswan

Egypt’s southernmost (and perhaps prettiest) city is often overlooked as a destination in its own right. Most visitors pile off Luxor-Aswan Nile cruises for a day’s whistle-stop sightseeing, skimming its surface before returning to their air-conditioned boats. Yet, much like the Nile’s gushing waters, Aswan overflows with things to do. Marvel at the Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam; ride a white-sailed felucca boat on the lapping river; and explore Nubian villages, museums, and souks. UNESCO-listed Abu Simbel also beckons—its colossal Lake Nasser–side temples make an easy day trip.

Top 10 attractions in Aswan

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Philae Temple (Temple of Isis)

Philae Temple (Temple of Isis)

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Perched on an island in the Nile River, Philae Temple is ancient history that’s been saved stone by stone. A relocation effort moved Philae Temple to Agilkia Island when the UNESCO World Heritage Site was threatened. Now, hieroglyphic reliefs abut soaring columns, with sanctuaries dedicated to the ancient gods Horus, Isis, and Hathor.More
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Nile River

Nile River

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Measuring a mighty 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It’s also the lifeblood of Egypt, flowing through the heart of the Sahara desert, and passing through cities, including Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria.More
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Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel Temples

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Built as royal tombs, the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor are some of Egypt’s best known archeological sites. Step past the enormous sandstone statues carved into the temple facades, and explore the interiors, which are decorated with art and hieroglyphics.More
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Aswan High Dam

Aswan High Dam

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Built to control the Nile River’s annual floods, the Aswan High Dam transformed Egypt’s Nile Valley and created the vast Lake Nasser. The sheer scale of the dam is impressive, and at the top, you’ll find sweeping views of the lake and surrounding desert.More
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Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo Temple

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A pair of mirror-image sanctuaries dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus, Kom Ombo Temple dominates a gorgeous site at the edge of the Nile River. Inside the temple itself, a pair of hypostyle halls are decked in long lines of hieroglyphics, leading to more antechambers, ritual spaces, and even a secret passageway used by ancient priests.More
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Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

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Vast and beautifully preserved, complete with its original roof, the Temple of Horus (Edfu Temple still dominates the little Nile-side town of Edfu. Completed by Cleopatra’s father in the first century BC, it’s dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus and is one of Egypt’s largest ancient temples.More
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Unfinished Obelisk

Unfinished Obelisk

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Aswan’s granite quarries supplied raw materials for some of ancient Egypt’s greatest monuments, and the partially excavated Unfinished Obelisk is a rare chance to see that work in progress. Mysteries surround the monolith in Aswan’s Northern Quarries. At the site, you’ll also find ancient rock paintings left behind by stone workers.More
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Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)

Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)

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Narrow lanes are lined with gardens and brightly painted houses in the Elephantine Island villages of Siou and Koti. Trails link the two communities, where Arabic blends with the sounds of the Nubian language. In between the colorful homes, find locals offering souvenirs, henna tattoos, mint tea, and photo ops with captive crocodiles.More
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Lake Nasser (Lake Nubia)

Lake Nasser (Lake Nubia)

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One of the world’s largest artificial lakes, Lake Nasser was formed when the Aswan High Dam successfully controlled the Nile, flooding around 2,027 square miles (5,250 square kilometers) of desert. The majority of Lake Nasser is in Egypt; the rest extends across the border into Sudan, where it’s commonly known as Lake Nubia.More
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Nubian Museum

Nubian Museum

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Established in association with UNESCO to preserve the ancient Nubian culture, which was devastated when the Nile was dammed in 1970, the Nubia Museum is one of Aswan’s most fascinating and least-visited attractions. Exhibits run from 6,500 years ago to the present day, from the Kingdom of Kush to contemporary folk culture.More

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All about Aswan

Currency
Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Time Zone
EET (UTC +2)
Country Code
+20
Language(s)
Arabic
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