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Seheyl information

Seheyl Island , Egypt
adult/child E£25/15
Opening hours
7am-4pm Oct-Apr, to 5pm May-Sep
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The large island situated just north of the old Aswan Dam, Seheyl was sacred to the goddess Anukis. Prior to the dam’s construction, the Nile would rush noisily through the granite boulders that emerged from the riverbed just south of here, forming the First Cataract, called Shellal by the Egyptians. Herodotus reported that an Egyptian official had told him that this was the source of the Nile, which flowed north and south from there. Now the waters flow slowly and Seheyl makes an ideal destination for a slightly longer felucca trip.