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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...

The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan

The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Obelisks were signs of victory, and the inscriptions carved on them record the titles and achievements of the Pharaohs. The tip of an obelisk, called the capstone or pyramidion, was cased with gold, its brilliant shine connecting it with the sun-god Re. Egypt's obelisks were chosen by the Discovery Channel as one of the top 10 archaeological "...

The Aga Khan Mausoleum, Aswan

The Aga Khan Mausoleum, Aswan Aswan lies on the east bank of the Nile. A leisurely ride on a felucca, a traditional sailboat, on the river is an exciting experience. The one-hour ride takes the visitor to places of interest such as the mausoleum of the Aga Khan, tombs of the Nobles cut into the high cliffs, Kitchener’s island, with its exotic botanical gardens and the rocky...

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...

Aswan Tourism and Tourist Information

ElephantineIsland along nile, Aswan Aswan is beauty, simplicity and nature. The wonders of this stunning city; manmade and natural, will dazzle you. Rather than taking a bus with loads of tourists to the main attractions, the best way to start your day in Aswan is by walking along the Nile in the early morning to the northern public ferry. This will carry you across the Nile from...

Luxor Transportation

Train, Luxor Transportation Air: Luxor Airport is located 6 km / 4 miles east of downtown Luxor and is the most convenient way to travel to the city for the majority of international visitors. Airlines serving the airport include AMC Air, Air Cairo, Egypt Air, Lotus Air, Luxor Air, Memphis Air, Orca Air (8b Street 199, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, Tel: +20 2-3519-6545, +20 2-3519-...

Recent Development of Luxor City

Luxor is the richest historical site in Egypt with a wealth of tombs and temples from the 12th Dynasty onwards. Tourists having been visiting Luxor (Thebes) for thousands of years and you can find graffiti from Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and 19th century Europeans. The majority of sites are situated on the West Bank of the Nile, the only...

Luxor Travel Information

Pharaonic statue in Luxor Temple Luxor (in Arabic: al-Uqsur) is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. The population numbers 487,896 (2010 estimate), with an area of approximately 416 square kilometres (161 sq mi). As the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum...

Visit Luxor

Statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed in luxor, Egypt What most people come to see are pyramids; museums; the Khan el-Khalili bazaar; a Nile cruise to Luxor for the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut Temple, Karnak and Luxor temples; Aswan, including the Philae Temple; Esna; felucca sailing on the Nile; the Red Sea for diving; and Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada for snorkeling. The...

Developing New Architecture In Cairo

Developing New Architecture In Cairo Cairo Expo City Being designed together with multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold, Cairo Expo City will be located between the city centre and Cairo's airport, the design being particularly appreciated from above. The undulating forms of the Cairo Expo City design were inspired by the natural topography of the Nile valley...

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...