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Nubia, Aswan

Nubia, Aswan Nubian heritage is a vital element of Egyptian society. Nubia refers to the area in the south of Egypt along the Nile and in northern Sudan, 899 km south of Cairo. When the Aswan Dam was constructed in the 1960s, over 100,000 Nubians became displaced. Some moved north into Egypt, and others south into Sudan. Nubian sounds are kept alive today by...

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank of Nile at Aswan

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan tomb on the west bank of Nile This abandoned monastery near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank at Aswan is considered to be notably typical of early Christian Monasteries, and was one of the largest Coptic Monasteries in Egypt, with perhaps thousands of residents. It was begun in the 6th century, but it is believed that most building took place in the 7th century. It was...

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan Historic sites in southern Egypt's Aswan are everywhere, though many, like the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan, are closed to the public. The botanical gardens on what used to be Kitchener's Island are still accessible, as are the ruins on the West Bank. This botanical garden provides local youth, girls in slacks and bright headscarves, young men in...

Kalabsha Temple

Kalabsha Temple The temple of Kalabsha (Kalabshe) built by the Roman emperor Augustus near Aswan and the Dakka temple farther south are interesting as well because they date to Egypt's Greek and Roman periods around 1,000 years after the heyday of the pharaohs. You'll also see Beit El Wali, a temple with ancient drawings, and Kertassi, a columned monument. At...

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan The open-air Museum of Nubia and Aswan brings together cultural properties closely associated with the unfolding of a long sequence of Egyptian Pharaonic history. In addition to the complexes of Abu Simbel and Philae the site includes the temples of Amada, of Derr, those of Ouadi Es Sebouah, Dakka and Maharraqah, the temple of Talmis, and the...

Aswan High Dam on the Nile River

Aswan High Dam on the Nile River Aswan-- On 15 January 1971, Egypt celebrated the completion of the High Dam, whose funding was the center of a Cold War dispute that led to the 1956 Suez War. Located on the Upper Nile, around 1000km downstream from Cairo, the gigantic mountain of concrete and steel is among the 20th century's most elaborate engineering work. Aswan High Dam on the...

Elephantine Island, Aswan

Elephantine Island, Aswan COLOR, Fruit and other foods are sold at a rural market, top, on road to Aswan as [Ramses II]'s monumental figures at Abu Simbel, middle, stare serenely over the area. Aswan, below, dotted with high-rise buildings, is viewed from the west bank of Nile.; Nefertarii stands at the Pharaoh's feet in the Temple of Abu Simbel.; A leisurely half day can...

General Information about Cairo

General Information about Cairo Egypt lies in the northeastern corner of the African continent, with an extension across the Gulf of Suez (NYSE:SZEZY) into the Sinai Peninsula in southwestern Asia. On its northern coasts is the Mediterranean Sea and on its eastern coasts the Red Sea. Egypt covers an area of about one million square km, with about 96 percent desert. It has 29...

Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo "... manifold combinations of light and shade, colour, costume and architectural detail. Every shopfront, every street corner... is a ready-made picture."Amelia B. Edwards describes the streets of Cairo, 1877 The Citadel of Salah al-Din Built between 1176 and 1182 AD, the Citadel fortress provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the Moqattam Hills...

Pharaonic Cairo

The Great Pyramid One of the Seven Wonders of the World, King Cheops' pyramid was built c. 2650 BC "...it is impossible to get tired of the pyramids." Amelia B. Edwards, 1877 The Solar Barque of King Cheops A cedar-wood craft built to take the pharaoh through the underworld. More details: Solar Boat Museum/Khufu (or Cheops) Boat Museum next to...

Ancient Police Museum (National Police Museum)

Ancient Police Museum (National Police Museum) To the northwest of the grand Mohammed Ali mosque lies the Police Museum. Even though it’s a bit low budget, there is an interesting room devoted to some of the more famous crimes and criminals in Egypt over the last century. Look for the exhibit about the two Alexandrian sisters, Raya and Sakina, who ran an underground prostitution operation and...

The New Valley Museum/Kharga Cultural Heritage Museum (Al Wadi El Gedid)

The New Valley Museum/Kharga Cultural Heritage Museum (Al Wadi El Gedid) Egypt embraces the great River Nile that extends from the south to the North, with its valley that houses a variety of tourist heritage. located in al-Wadi al-Gadid “the New valley” governerate in Egypt’s western Desert, about 600 m from Cairo. For an overview of antiquities found in Kharga and Dakhla Oases, nothing could be better than a visit...

Cairo Tower

Cairo Tower If you want more inspiration for your Egyptian fairytale or additional destinations to visit in this amazing country, here are a few well-known favourites. Hurghada is the perfect place for a family holiday. Kids are welcome everywhere. Hurghada is also the ideal winter sun escape if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, but where you will still be...

Ras El Tin Palace

Ras El Tin Palace To the west of the Qaitbay Fort is where one of the most important events in the history of modern Egypt took place. It was here that Farouk signed his abdication papers bringing the monarchy to an end. Along nearby beaches lie small boatyards where craftsmen build luxury wooden boats for rich Gulf emirs using little in the way of tools. The Ras...