Aswan and Lake Nasser

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Unfinished Obelisk

    Aswan South | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The site, to the east of the Fatamid Cemetery, is an abandoned workshop, in which balls of greenish dolorite are still lying about. Dolorite...Read More

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