Aswan was the source of Egypt’s finest granite, the hard stone ancient Egyptians used to make statues, and to embellish temples,...
Among the modern graves in this vast cemetery are some ruined mud-brick domed tombs, some of which go back to the 9th century. The domes...
The little-visited Nubia Museum, opposite Basma Hotel, is a treat, a showcase of the history, art and culture of Nubia. Established in...
The menu includes Nubian and international dishes. The place seemed neglected at the time of our last visit.
Northern Quarries information
In the Northern Quarries about 1.5km from town opposite the Fatimid Cemetery, is a huge discarded obelisk . Three sides of the shaft, which is nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned. However, a flaw appeared in the rock at a late stage in the process. So it lies where the disappointed stonemasons abandoned it, still partly attached to the parent rock, with no indication of what it was intended for.