Aswan was the source of Egypt’s finest granite, the hard stone ancient Egyptians used to make statues and embellish temples and...
Fatimid Cemetery Main Entrance
Behind the Nubia Museum is this vast cemetery; among the modern tombs are some ruined mud-brick domed tombs, some of which go back to...
The Nubia Museum is a showcase of the history, art and culture of Nubia and is a real treat. Established in 1997, in cooperation with...
A rather sophisticated eatery with an air-con dining room and a large terrace overlooking the Nile and the city. The menu includes...
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.