Attractions

Temple in Edfu

Temple of Horus

This Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 and 57 BC, is Edfu's star attraction, and one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt, and perhaps the world. Preserved by desert sand, which filled the place after …
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 …
Temple in Philae

Temple of Isis

The boat to the temple leaves you at the base of the Kiosk of Nectanebo, the oldest part of the Philae complex. Heading north, you walk down the outer temple court, which has colonnades running along both sides; the…
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…
Temple in Abu Simbel

Great Temple of Ramses II

Carved out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 BC, this imposing main temple of the Abu Simbel complex was as much dedicated to the deified Ramses II himself as to Ra-Horakhty, Amun an…
Temple in Abu Simbel

Temples of Abu Simbel

Overlooking Lake Nasser, the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor, which together make up the Temples of Abu Simbel, are among the most famous and spectacular monuments in Egypt. In a modern marvel of …
Temple in Kom Ombo

Temple of Kom Ombo

Standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank, is the Temple of Kom Ombo, one of the Nile Valley's most beautifully sited temples. Unique…
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…