In a previous article, we talked about tourism in Aswan and explained some of Aswan’s landmarks, and today we complete some of these attractions.
Elephantine Island is considered one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Aswan. It is also of historical and strategic importance as it was the most important border fortifications of the country, as it was the link between Egypt and its neighbor in Sudan, and an important commercial center.
Its name is due to the ancient Egyptian language (Abu), which means elephant, either because it was a center for the ivory trade, or because the island takes the shape of an elephant’s tusk, as some believe, and the island had a deity, the god “Khnum” in the form of a ram’s head.
Elephantine Island has a unique geographic location and beautiful landscapes carried by the Nile. Many tourist attractions in Aswan meet with beauty and successive history from different eras, where the tourist enjoys visiting the temples of Thutmose III of the ancient state, the temple of Khnum, Avonis III, and the Greco-Roman cemetery, As for the rest of the monuments on the island, several articles will not suffice us to talk about them.
Nubian Village | Aswan landmarks
The Nubian village was able to be a tourist attraction in Aswan through its distinction by presenting a vivid and realistic picture of Nubian life, where the Nubian civilization often differed from the ancient Egyptian civilization in the lifestyle and distinctive character in clothing and food, the design and decoration of houses, and the use of the surrounding environment materials in building their homes To achieve complete harmony with it, and to provide a healthy, refreshing and self-conditioned atmosphere away from the heat that is the character of the country, so it deserves to be included among the tourist places in Egypt .
These simple things will attract you greatly, and you will be happy to spend a wonderful time in the company of a hospitable and cheerful people who are good at welcoming their guests, and try the Nubian clothes, the famous Nubian food, and handicrafts and crafts, and you will also be surprised by the cleanliness of the buildings, streets and houses where the Nuba people depend on themselves in the cleanliness of their village, Cleanliness is a way of life for them.
Temple of Khnum in Aswan
The Temple of Khnum occupies an interesting site because it is located about nine meters below ground level on Elephantine Island, and records indicate that it was built on top of an earlier temple.
Historians believe that the temple was built in the era of King Thutmose III. However, it is difficult to prove this because the temple surviving to this day is the one that depicts many of the Ptolemaic rulers, the last rulers of the Pharaonic era, and what scholars know is that the physical structure of the Khnum temple dates back to the Greco-Roman period in Egypt.
The Temple of Khnum is of great value because it is one of the few ancient temples in which the roof is still intact, and in which the various stages of construction can be found. Four rows of huge columns are spread in the main hall, some of which retain even their ancient painted colors to this day, making it one of the places Tourism in Aswan is a favorite for tourists.
Aswan Museum | Aswan landmarks
The effects of the ancient Egyptians are spread in Aswan in a way that is difficult to count, and the establishment of the Aswan Museum located on the island of Elephantine was one of the attempts to include a number of ancient monuments in one place. Excavations needed to build the High Dam, many antiquities dating back to different eras were discovered, and they were included in the museum’s holdings.
In its surroundings, the Aswan Museum includes the Temple of Khnum, a statue of the god Khnum in the form of a ram’s head, many Nubian monuments, antiquities from Elephantine Island, and ancient prehistoric monuments, which made it one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Aswan.
Temple of Kalabsha
Kalabsha Temple is one of the most important Egyptian Nubian temples, and one of the most important tourist attractions in Aswan. It was built in the early Roman era in the year 30 BC in the Ptolemaic era, with a distinctive design, to worship the god Mandulis, the Nubian sun god. It is considered one of the tourist attractions in Aswan that It can be visited through Nile cruises.
Kalabsha Temple is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nasser, next to the High Dam, and about 16 km from Aswan. The temple was threatened with drowning under the waters of the Nile due to the construction of the High Dam in Aswan, but the temple was moved to the banks of Lake Nasser, as part of the UNESCO initiative to save the monuments of Nubia in the sixties of the last century.
Qubbet el-Hawa | Aswan landmarks
The Dome of Al-Hawa is the tombs of the nobles in the ancient era. It was named after the “Dome of Ali Ibn Al-Hawa”, which rises 180 meters.
These tombs, which link between ancient times through the Middle Ages and then modern times, have their own character in terms of design, which begins with an ascending sandy corridor until reaching the entrance to the cemetery, which in turn leads to a hall with a number of granite columns, while the walls are decorated with wonderful colorful drawings that tell The daily life of the Egyptian person; From cultivating the land and sowing seeds, plowing and harvesting, and in the middle of the hall a corridor leads to the burial chamber.
The dome of Hawa has gained an important position within the monuments of Aswan, and is considered one of the tourist attractions in Aswan, which lovers and students of Egyptology prefer to visit.
Finally, we invite you, dear tourist, to make a wonderful tour inside the beautiful city of Aswan. Tourism in Aswan will be one of your wonderful experiences, besides the tourism tour in Luxor , each complements the other.