Aswan City Facts
Aswan is a strategic location which currently houses a garrison of the Egyptian army, but which has also seen ancient Egyptian garrisons, as well as that of General Kitchener, Turkish troops of the Ottoman empire and the Romans.
Aswan is the ancient city of Swenet, which in antiquity was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt facing the south. Swenet is supposed to have derived its name from an Egyptian goddess with the same name.
Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it's still a perfect place to get away from it all South of Aswan stands the High Dam, one of the world's outstanding engineering features in the last century. Its construction in the early 1960 created an enormous reservoir, Lake Nasser , the largest artificial lake in the world. Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants.
Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. View the spectacular sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel (Named due to the location of the Nile's first cataract located here). Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it's still a perfect place to get away from it all.
You can also enjoy the wonderful view of the sailing boats gently lulled by the waters of the immortal Nile. Moreover; you can see a lot in Aswan like High Dam, unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Botanical Gardens and Elephantine Island, Kitchener's Island ("island of plants"), is a small, oval-shaped island in the Nile at Aswan, Egypt.
The Aswan Botanical Garden is located on the entire island. Tourists should also look out for the innumerable inscriptions, which have adorned the huge granite boulders on Sehel Island for many centuries, depicting a number of historical occurrences, such as the well-documented Famine Stela.
On the opposite shore (west bank), the cliffs are surmounted by the tomb of a marabut, Qubbet el-Hawwa, who was a local saint. Below are tombs of the local (pharaonic) nobles and dignitaries. Aswan is Egypt's hottest, driest inhabited city.
The town’s climate is also known to have great relaxing and rejuvenating properties. The best times to visit Aswan are May and September, summers are scorching, and winter temperatures have been known to reach 27 during the day, with cold night
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