ASWAN HIGH DAM, QUARRIES & PHILAE TEMPLE:
Admire the craftsmanship of the ancient stone-hewers of the city
of Syene (original name of Aswan). The quarries show remarkable
traces of the industry and skill of the masons who wrought for the
pharaohs, See the unfinished obelisk and the old Dam, which is the
start of one of the greatest achievements of 20th century dedicated
to Isis and Osiris has now been reconstructed on the island of Aglikia.
ISLAND, MAUSOLEUM OF AGHA
Visit Elephantine island sail across the Nile fringed with black
lava-rock, one of these rocks has the unmistakable shape of an elephant;
continue to the Nilometer and museum, containing a great number
of antiquities-most were found in the vicinity of Nubia.
Walk around beautiful gardens of Botanic Island with tropical trees
and flowers, used as an experimental place for acclimatizing foreign
species of plants. Also visit the beautiful Mausoleum of Agha Khan.
It was one of the most powerful forts on Egypt’s southern
borders. It lies opposite the old Cataract Hotel. On the island
there are the relies of stone temples of various eras including
the temple of Khnum, erected during the old Kingdom and reconstructed
at the turn of Pharaonic era. The island houses “The Nilometer”
dating from the Roman era and also a museum containing an important
collection of relies of the Greco-Roman eras which were discovered
in Aswan sand Nubia.
The Temple of Kalabsha, which has been dismantled & re-erected
on a hill near the High-Dam site (Western Bank). Originally built
by Toutmosis II & Amenophis II at Kalabsha, 40 miles south of
Aswan, the Temple was restored during the Roman conquest.
Abu Simbel Temple (Abu Simbel
The colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (19th Dynasty)
& lately saved from inundation of the Nile water is among the
glories of ancient Egyptian monuments.
• The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, &
representation of deities to which each was dedicated is carved
on his huge facade.
• The small temple of the King’s wife Nefertari, dedicated
to the goddess Hathour.
N.B. This excursion can be undertaken by plane
Red Sea sightseeing