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by HAMZA

Aswan is the major travel hub of the south of Egypt. The area has many things worth exploring – Elephant island, the Philae Temple, the Aswan dam and further afield Abu Simbel, which can be seen as a day trip from the city. Aswan and its surroundings were known as Nubia in ancient times. You will find that even today Aswan has more of an 'African feel' to it than any other city in Egypt. Although you might want to give the 'Nubian dancers' performing in the expensive hotels a miss, getting a real taste of this ancient culture would be an excellent opportunity and an experience you will not forget, the Nubian Cultural Centre is a good option considering that. The city lies on the east bank of the Nile, so relax here, visit a few mosques, but then prepare for an adventure. The bazaar runs along the corniche, which continues past the Ferial Gardens and the Nubian Museum, and continues on to the cemetery, with its forest of cupolas surmounted tombs from the Fatimid period. Just east of the cemetery in the famous area is the gigantic Unfinished Obelisk. Just south of this, two Greco-Roman tombs and an unfinished colossus remain half buried in the sand. The west bank is really worth a visit – don't forget to go to the Tombs of the Nobles & Kubbet al Hawa that are filled with rock-hewn tombs of princes from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period. Other interesting places include the Monastery of St. Simeon that dates back to the 7th century and the Elephantine Island – the largest of the Aswan area islands, and one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods.

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