Aswan, Egypt

Aswan faces the island of Elephantine, on which stand the ruins of the ancient city of Yebu. Aswan was the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt, facing Nubia. Its local quarries supplied granite for many ancient Egyptian monuments and are still operated. On the Nile's eastern bank was the site of the ancient city of Swen, whence came the Greek Syene and the Arabic Aswan. Aswan later served as a frontier garrison post for the Romans, Turks, and British. Modern Aswan is an administrative centre, winter resort, and commercial centre, receiving trade from The Sudan. The Aswan High Dam (completed in 1970) is about 11 km south of the city.

Felucca on the Nile

Phraonic era tombs (not royal) in the background on Elephantine island.

Felucca sailor

A Felucca driver

Houses on the Nile

Houses on the east bank of the Nile

Local men

Men of Aswan

Local man

Man of Aswan

Nubian home exterior

Decorated exteriors are traditional

Beaming tourist inside

Beaming tourist inside a Nubian home

Local women

Woman of Aswan

Temple of Isis ...

Isis worship at Philae dates back to around 690 BCE.

Once on Philae Island

Now moved to Agilkia island after the construction of the Aswan High Dam

Ruins of Yebu

The history of Yebu goes from 3000 BCE to 1400 CE. The largest structure on site is the partially reconstructed Temple of Khnum built in the old kingdom. Another highlight is a 3rd dynasty step pyramid.

Nubian museum

Built in recognition to the sacrifices of the Nubian people twice displaced by the building of the Aswan dams.


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