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  • Writer's pictureWendy Bradfield

Top 5 Reasons History Lovers Should Visit Aswan, Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Goddess Hathor, column
Hathor, Elephantine Island, Aswan

Greetings, lovers of all things Egyptian! I spent a few weeks exploring Aswan, and it was the trip of a lifetime. If you are traveling to Egypt, don't miss Aswan! The unspoiled villages and temples will transport you back in time. Aswan is not to be missed! Okay, history buffs, these are the top 5 reasons you should visit Aswan:

  1. Philae Temple: Explore the beautifully preserved Philae Temple on the Nile island of Agilkia. Built during Ptolemaic times and completed during the Roman conquest, this temple complex honors the goddess Isis.

  2. Abu Simbel: Marvel at the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, a colossal monument carved into the mountainside. Commissioned by Pharaoh Ramses II, it features massive statues and intricate reliefs.

  3. Nubian Village: Immerse yourself in Nubian culture by visiting a traditional Nubian Village. Discover vibrant colors, friendly locals, and unique handicrafts.

  4. Qubbet el-Hawa: Visit the Qubbet el-Hawa, an ancient rock-cut tomb complex overlooking the Nile. It offers panoramic views and historical significance.

  5. Day Trips: Take a trip from Aswan to explore nearby wonders, including Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple.

Why was Aswan important in ancient Egypt?

Due to its location, Aswan, known as Swenet in ancient Egypt, held significant strategic and economic value.

Aswan was the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt. It served as a defense against invasions from the south and, being strategically positioned, acted as a buffer zone, protecting Egypt's northern territories.

Aswan was a crucial commercial center for trade convoys traveling to and from Nubia. Known as "Sono," meaning "the market," it facilitated the exchange of goods between Egypt and Africa.

The city's granite quarries were of immense importance. They supplied the stone for many renowned Egyptian monuments, including the pyramids and the Sphinx. Aswan's granite was highly prized for its durability and aesthetic appeal.

Aswan was known as the Land of Gold. Over thousands of years, it served as a cemetery for the Nubian kings who presided over the city. These rulers left behind a rich legacy, contributing to Aswan's historical significance.

Aswan's role extended beyond its geographical boundaries. It was a place of trade, defense, and monumental construction, a testament to its enduring importance in the ancient world.


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