) is the large city in Egypt
, located some 60 km to the south from Kom Ombo
. The capital city Cairo
is in 890 km to the north-west. The population is about 241,300 people in accordance with the 2014 census. Many people visit Aswan to experience its dams and archaeological sites.
Airport Aswan Intl (IATA: ASW) is 30 km away from Aswan and is the closest airport to it.
The most popular tourist attractions in it
Aswan Dam refers to two dams, both located near Aswan, Egypt. Most commonly today the name refers to the High Dam, which is the newer of the two dams at Aswan. Construction on the High Dam was completed in 1970, and has had immeasurable impacts on the Egyptian economy and culture. The earlier Old Aswan Dam or Aswan Low Dam was completed in 1902. The aim of both of these projects was to regulate river flooding, to provide storage of water for agriculture, and later, to generate electricity. The…
Philae (Greek: Φιλαί, Philai; Ancient Egyptian: Pilak, P'aaleq; Arabic: أنس الوجود, Anas el Wagud) is an island in the Nile River and the previous site of an Ancient Egyptian temple complex in southern Egypt. The complex was dismantled and relocated to a nearby island in connection to the UNESCO project started because of the construction of the High Dam, after being partly flooded by the first Aswan Dam for half a century.
New Kalabsha is a promontory located near Aswan in Egypt. It houses several important temples, structures, and other remains that have been relocated here from the site of Old Kalabsha (Arabic: Bab al-Kalabsha, " Gate of Kalabsha; " Ancient Greek: Ταλμις, Talmis) to avoid the rising waters of Lake Nasser caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan (Assuan), Egypt. It is unknown which pharaoh created this structure. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected.
Sehel Island is located just to the south of Aswan. Here there are many inscriptions in the granite boulders. These enscriptions were usually left by travellers marking either the start or end of their journey to Nubia.
Agilkia Island (also called Agilika island) is an island in the Nile River and the present site of an Ancient Egyptian temple complex of Philae in southern Egypt. The complex was dismantled and relocated to this island when the building of the Aswan Dam threatened to flood the site.
The Famine Stele is an inscription located on Sehel Island in the Nile near Aswan in Egypt, which speaks of a seven year period of drought and famine during the reign of the 3rd dynasty pharaoh Djoser. The top part of the stele depicts three Egyptian deities: Khnum, Satis and Anuket. In front of them, Djoser faces them, carrying offerings in his outstretched hands. It was perhaps made during the Ptolemaic dynasty.
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