Aswan 

 

Know as Egypt's winter resort (10oc to 24 oc) offering a delightful, natural beauty with a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere of warm and dry climate.


A wide variety of ancient monuments and peaceful beauty of the countryside draw visitors to Aswan through the winter months.
Lying 890 km south of Cairo, it has long been known as the "Gate to Africa" and the contact point between Arabian North Africa and sub-Saharan cultures.

 

Land mark in Aswan

 

The Temple of Philae

 

This superb assemblage of temples dedicated to the mother-goddess Isis, they once stood and that was wholly submerged beneath the water of Lake Nasser. A spectacular rescue operation sponsored by UNESCO was begun 1962 and completed in 1970 whereby the entire island complex was methodically dismantled and re-erected on the higher island Aglika.

 

The Unfinished Obelisk

 

Still attached to the quarry-bed with its three other sides and apex already carved, this graceful granite monument nearly 24 meters in length would have weighted 1164 tons if completed, It demonstrate the technique of detaching rock from a quarry by boring holes along prescribed lines, driving wedges into the holes, soaking the wedges with water causing them to expand and thus crack the rock face.

 

Elephantine Island

 

The main one of many islands that make up the Nile at Aswan , The Elephantine Island is richly vand overgrown with luxuriant palms. It was the home of two Nubian villages whose inhabitants still preserve their old traditions. It is also the location of the ancient nilometer and Aswan museum.

 

The High Dam

 

The High Dam has a massive accumulation of 42.7 billion cubic meters (17 times the volume of the great pyramid) of stones, sand, clay core and concrete casing, extending 3.6 kms in length and 111 meters in height. Inaugurated in January 1971, after eleven years of work, it has created an immense reservoir, Lake Nasser, covering an area of 5250 kms (510 km in length and 5 to 35 kms in width) and is the second artificial lake in the world.