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what is ASWAN like ? is it worth visiting ? what are the landmarks in Aswan ?

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Aswan is a perfect city to visit....it is the land of peace
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Aswan is a wonderful city where you can feel peace and purification
Aswan is a beautiful city, you will enjoy it more if come during winter time since it's in Upper Egypt and the sun there is very strong during Summer so that's the perfect time to visit.
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Aswan or Aswanl, formerly spelled Assuan, (Arabic: أسوان‎, Aswān; Ancient Egyptian: Swenet, "Trade"; Coptic: ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲛ, Swān; Ancient Greek: Συήνη, Syene) is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan Governorate.

It stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist center. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine.

Aswan is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as of early 2001, the last rain there was seven years earlier. As of 6 April 2010[update], the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May 13, 2006. In Nubian settlements, they generally do not bother to roof all of the rooms in their houses.

Aswan is the ancient city of Swenet, which in antiquity was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt to the south. Swenet is supposed to have derived its name from an Egyptian goddess with the same name. This goddess later was identified as Eileithyia by the Greeks and Lucina by the Romans during their occupation of Ancient Egypt because of the similar association of their goddesses with childbirth, and of which the import is "the opener". The ancient name of the city also is said to be derived from the Egyptian symbol for trade.[1]

Because the Ancient Egyptians oriented toward the origin of the life-giving waters of the Nile in the south, Swenet was the first town in the country, and Egypt always was conceived to "open" or begin at Swenet.[citation needed] The city stood upon a peninsula on the right (east) bank of the Nile, immediately below (and north of) the first cataract of the flowing waters, which extend to it from Philae. Navigation to the delta was possible from this location without encountering a barrier.

The stone quarries of ancient Egypt located here were celebrated for their stone, and especially for the granitic rock called Syenite. They furnished the colossal statues, obelisks, and monolithal shrines that are found throughout Egypt, including the pyramids; and the traces of the quarrymen who wrought in these 3,000 years ago are still visible in the native rock. They lie on either bank of the Nile, and a road, four miles (6 km) in length, was cut beside them from Syene to Philae.

Swenet was equally important as a military station as that of a place of traffic. Under every dynasty it was a garrison town; and here tolls and customs were levied on all boats passing southwards and northwards. Around AD 330, the legion stationed here received a bishop from Alexandria; this later became the Coptic Diocese of Syene.[2] The city is mentioned by numerous ancient writers, including Herodotus[3], Strabo[4], Stephanus of Byzantium[5], Ptolemy[6], Pliny the Elder[7], De architectura[8], and it appears on the Antonine Itinerary.[9] It also is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel.[10]


View of Aswan from the Tombs of the Nobles on the other side of the NileThe latitude of the city that would become Aswan, located at– 24° 5′ 23″– was an object of great interest to the ancient geographers. They believed that it was seated immediately under the tropic, and that on the day of the summer solstice, a vertical staff cast no shadow. They noted that the sun's disc was reflected in a well at noon. This statement is only approximately correct; at the summer solstice, the shadow was only 1/400th of the staff, and so could scarcely be discerned, and the northern limb of the Sun's disc would be nearly vertical.

Eratosthenes used measurements at Aswan (Elephantine) to contest the Flat Earth theory and tried to determine the circumference of Earth, using Syene as the originating point and Alexandria as the terminal point of a measured arc (based on shadow length at the solstice).

The Nile is nearly 3,000 yards wide above Aswan. From this frontier town to the northern extremity of Egypt, the river flows for more than 750 miles (1,210 km) without bar or cataract. The voyage from Aswan to Alexandria usually took 21 to 28 days in favourable weather.
Aswan is a terrific place to visit - apart from being very beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful spot along the Nile of all - there's lots to see there - the Nubian Village and Museum, Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the Granite Quarries, the Botanical Gardens and Kitchener Island, the Museum, the Aswan High Dam. You can also take a trip to the incomparable Abu Simbel. Or maybe you'd prefer a relaxing felucca ride on the river. Really - there's plenty to fill in 2-3 days in Aswan...

If you get a chance to visit I hope you enjoy

Lyndall EL Masry
Nile Wave Travel

well.. Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century and it is still a perfect place to get away from it all.

Aswan is the sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town has a distinctively African atmosphere. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.



When you visit Aswan you can go to the following places you will be surprised of the how many monuments and sites you can visit in a small city like Aswan.

Nubia Museum
Aswan cultural center
Plantation island
Elephantine island
The Aga Khan Mausoleum
The monastery of St. Simon
The unfinished Obelisk
The tombs of the Nobles
Philae temple
The High Dam
Kalabsha temple
Abu Simbel


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