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City of Aswan, Egypt

Egypt’s 3rd largest city, and the largest in Upper Egypt, is situated at the foot of the Nile Valley to the North end of Lake Nasser. It is a major mining area for aluminium and iron as well as also being one of the favourite places for tourists to visit due to it being a major stop for cruise boats; for the River Nile as well as Lake Nasser. It has a local market that is an excellent place to do your holiday shopping; this is especially true if you want spices as you will find the best types of fresh spices here.

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Aswan is capital of its own Governorate which has a population of about 1.2 million people. Most of these are Nubians, and local tribes of Kenzo.

The city became very important after the construction of the High Dam as it became a refuge for those Nubians who chose to flee to Egypt after the waters flooded their homelands, as well as becoming the worldwide rescue campaign of the Nubian monuments during and after its construction.

Aswan’s name is derived from the ancient Egyptian word “Swan”, which means “the market”! This is because it was located on the main trade route between Egypt and the southern lands; with gold, slaves and ivory passing into Egypt. The governors of the 6th Dynasty sent many expeditions to explore the many African countries located to the south, and most of these started from Aswan. It was also the major source of granite, sandstone and quartzite used in the construction of the various monuments throughout Egypt.

aswan map

In ancient times the God Khnum was the major God of the city, but he was later replaced by the Goddess Isis, Goddess of magic and maternity, in the Greco Roman period. A temple was built for her on the Island of Philae, which had to be moved, along with other structures, when the waters of Lake Nasser engulfed the island. Though still known as “the Temples of Philae, they can now be accessed on the nearby Agilika Island.

Because of the location of Aswan, just north of the Tropic Of Cancer, the city enjoys a very hot climate throughout the year and it is advised to cover your head when walking about and drink water constantly.

Aswan is situated 890Km (553 miles) to the south of Cairo and 220Km (137 miles) to the south of Luxor. It is the third most popular place to visit in Egypt, behind Cairo and Luxor, and is accessible in a number of ways.

The population of the Aswan governorate is around 1.2 million and mostly consists of Nubians and local tribes of Kenzo. The city became very important after the construction of the high dam, and the worldwide rescue campaign of the Nubian monuments during and after its construction.

Aswan is derived from the Ancient Egyptian word Swan, which means "the market"! It was located on the main trading route between Egypt and the southern lands, where gold, slaves and ivory passed into Egypt. The governors of the 6th Dynasty sent many expeditions to explore the many African countries located to the south, and most of these started from Aswan! It was also the major source of granite, sandstone and quartzite used in the construction of the various monuments throughout Egypt!
In Ancient times the God Khoum was the major God of the city, but in later periods the Goddess Isis, Goddess of magic and maternity, became the main patron God, with a temple being built for her at Philae.

Because of the location of Aswan, just north of the Tropic Of Cancer, the city enjoys a very hot climate throughout the year! It is advised to cover your head when walking about and drink water constantly.

Listed below is a table of the temperatures in Aswan throughout the year.


How to get to Aswan:

By road
Though Aswan is connected by road to Cairo and has a good bus connection with the capital, tourists are asked not to attempt to use this mode of transport for this journey and are therefore left with only rail or flight as an alternative. The road to Luxor can be used though as it gives the opportunity to visit sites such as Edfu and Kom Ombo. Please note: if you do intend to use this mode of transport you are best booking your seats at least 24 hours in advance to ensure you get the seats you want.

By flight:
Aswan International Airport is located 25Km (16 miles) southwest of the city and can be reached from most countries around the world, though, like Luxor, it is most popular for charter flights. From here you can also fly to most of the main cities and towns in Egypt, as well as arriving from them. EgyptAir runs daily flights from Cairo to Aswan, as well as Aswan to Cairo, which take, on average, about 60 minutes. It is also possible to book flights to Abu Simbel, though this must be done in advance.

By train:
Aswan is the terminus on the main Cairo to Aswan railway line and has a modern station at the northern end of the city. Services to both Cairo and Luxor are very frequent, though restriction on tourists are in place right now which allows them to only use the sleeper service, or the trains either side of them.

Sleeper trains: From Cairo to Aswan /Cairo

Train No.

Train Type

Time Of Departure

Price

Duration

Train 84

Cairo Aswan

French

20:00

per person in double room $65

Single $105

It arrives Luxor at 05:00, leaves at 5:15 and arrives Aswan at 8:15 

Train 85

Aswan  Cairo

French

18:30

per person in double room $65

Single $105

It arrives Luxor at 21:30, leaves at 21:45 and arrives Cairo at  6:45


 

By Cruise
Nowadays you can only go to Luxor by cruise boat. The River Nile has not been used for cruises between Cairo and Aswan since the late 1990’s. Another popular cruise is one on Lake Nasser, which gives the only way to visit some of Nubia’s ancient monuments.

Sites to see in, or around, Aswan:

Abu Simbel
the most interesting Pharaonic Temples.
El-Mo’alla
is the site of two important rock-cut tombs of the early.
Qubbet al-Hawa Monastery
is a site of a group of rock cut tombs known as the Princes's Tomb.
St. Simeon Monastery (Anba Hatre)
the monastery otherwise known as Anba Hatre.
The Ancient Capital of Egypt at Hierankonpolis
religious and political capital of Upper Egypt.
The Aswan High Dam
is one of the most important achievements of the in the last century in Egypt.
The Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island
the botanical gardens of Aswan.
The Island of Elephantine
is an island in the Nile River in northern Nubia.
The Kiosk of Qertassi
is dedicated to goddess Hathor goddess of love Music and maternity .
The Nubian Museum
is located between Aswan to the North.
The Temple of Amada
is located 20 KM to the south of Wadi es-Sebua.
The Temple of Beit el-Wali
is one of the remarkable yet less visited temples of ancient Egypt.
The Temple of Dakka
is decorated with many religion scenes and important relief.
The Temple of Derr
the temple was rock cut during the time of king Ramses II.
The Temple of Gerf Hussein
is situated extends from the North of Aswan.
The Temple of Horus at Edfu
is located 60Km to the north of Aswan.
The Temple of Kalabsha
it is dedicated to the Nubian god Mandoulis.
The Temple of Khnum at Esna
is about 776 Km south of Cairo and lies on the west bank of the Nile.
The Temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo
is situated on the East side of the Nile.
The Temple of Wadi El-Sebou
is built by the famous king Ramsis II.
The Temples of Philae
a rocky island in the middle of the River Nile.
The Tombs of the Nobles
situated near the West Bank of Aswan in front of the Northern section.
The Unfinished Obelisk
It is 42m in length.

You could also attend the marvellous Sound and Light show at the Temple of Philae; the schedules are listed below.  

Sound and light show schedule at Philae:

 

Show First Show  Second Show  Third Show
Day time 8:00 PM  9:15 PM  10:30 PM
Saturday English Arabic  
Sunday German French  
Monday English French  
Tuesday French English  
Wednesday French English  
Thursday French French  Italian
Friday English French  
Cost 75 LE 75 LE 75 LE

Tourists who visit this site also visit the following sites:

The High Dam
One of the most important achievements in Egypt.
Kitchener's Island
The botanical garden of Aswan where is huge variety of plantation and trees from 5 continents.
Temple of Philae
It is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt. The Temple stands On an island near Aswan
The Unfinished Obelisk
obelisks and other large stone objects were usually quarried here.