Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Aswan

Ruins of Abu

The evocative ruins of ancient Abu and the Aswan Museum (closed for renovation) lie at Elephantine Island's southern tip. Numbered plaques and reconstructed buildings mark the island’s long history from around 3000 …
Top Choice Museum in Aswan

Nubia Museum

The little-visited Nubia Museum, opposite Basma Hotel, is a treat, a showcase of the history, art and culture of Nubia. Established in 1997, in cooperation with Unesco, the museum is a reminder of what was lost bene…
Top Choice Monument in Aswan

Nilometer of Khnum

The Nilometer of the Temple of Khnum (plaque number 7) is below the southern balustrade of the Khnum temple. Heavenly portents and priestly prophecies aside, in ancient times only the Nilometer could give a real ind…
Tomb in Aswan

Tombs of the Nobles

The high cliffs opposite Aswan, just north of Kitchener’s Island, are honeycombed with the tombs of the governors, the Keepers of the Gate of the South, and other dignitaries of ancient Elephantine Island. The tombs…
Island in Aswan

Elephantine Island

Elephantine Island lies opposite central Aswan, just north of the First Cataract. The island's southern end comprises the site of ancient Abu. Its name meant both 'elephant' and 'ivory' in ancient Egyptian, a remind…
Archaeological Site in Aswan

Unfinished Obelisk

Aswan was the source of Egypt’s finest granite, the hard stone ancient Egyptians used to make statues, and to embellish temples, pyramids and obelisks. In the Northern Quarries, about 1.5km from town opposite the Fa…
Monastery in Aswan

Monastery of St Simeon

The fortresslike 7th-century Monastery of St Simeon was first dedicated to the local saint Anba Hedra, who renounced the world on his wedding day. It was rebuilt in the 10th century and dedicated to St Simeon. From …
Gardens in Aswan

Aswan Botanical Gardens

Kitchener’s Island, to the west of Elephantine Island, was given to Lord Horatio Kitchener in the 1890s when he was commander of the Egyptian army. Indulging his passion for beautiful palms and plants, Kitchener tur…
Market in Aswan

Sharia as-Souq

Starting from the southern end, Sharia as-Souq appears very much like the tourist bazaars all over Egypt, with slightly less persistent traders than elsewhere in the country trying to lure passers-by into their shop…
Museum in Aswan

Animalia

This is a small but charming museum run by Mohamed Sobhi, a Nubian guide, and his family, who have dedicated part of their large house to the traditions, flora, fauna and history of Nubia. It has a collection of stu…