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Aswan Travel Guide

The City of Aswan




The city of Aswan is larger but much quieter than the city of Luxor. Is the beautiful and southernmost city in Egypt, sitting alongside some of the best stretches of the Nile, wide, green and dotted with pretty islands, with high desert hills topped with the Aga Khan's Mausoleum as a dramatic backdrop. The city of Aswan is situated in the ancient Nubian lands. Aswan is a winter tourist destination since the 19th century.

The natural beauty of Aswan is the biggest draw for tourists or travellers. The granite formations on the riverbank, the small islets in the middle of the river, and the lush palm trees add to charm of the city of Aswan, Egypt.

The city of Aswan is the place to be if you wish to soak in the local culture. Aswan's culture is a blend of Arab and Nubian influences, and the merry dancers and musicians of the town make you want to join in the celebrations. Usually in Aswan the life is laidback and peaceful, and the most hectic part of your Aswan tour involves shopping at the bazaar for colorful garments, handicrafts, and exotic perfumes.

Formerly the city Aswan is derived from the Ancient Egyptian word Swan, which means “the market”! It was situated 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 several African countries situated 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 major God of the town, was the God Khoum. However in later periods the Goddess, Goddess Isis 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 town enjoys a very hot climate throughout the year!.

Actually the major tourist attractions of the city of Aswan include the Unfinished Obelisk, the task of building which has remained incomplete over the millennia, and the Elephantine Island, with old ruins dating back to the Pharaonic Era.





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