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Abu Simbel area is located 280 km south of Aswan. The two temples at Abu Simbel were built by Ramses II, in the 13th century BC. The big temple, which is known as the Great Temple of Ramses II, was dedicated to the Sun God Re-Herakhte. It’s among the most magnificent monuments in the world. Ramses II built the temple with four colossal statues of himself at the entrance to demonstrate his power and his divine nature. Nearby, lies the small temple of Nefertari, the first wife of Ramses II. Her temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hathor, the wife of the Sun God.
Aswan offers an abundance of hotels ranging from 1 to 5 star. Most hotels are located downtown. Others are located on islands in the archipelago opposite the corniche. Besides, there are many Nubian and cultural houses located in various Nubian villages where tourists can stay overnight.
Aga Khan Mausoleum
The Mausoleum is located on a hill on the west bank. Mohammed Shah Aga Khan was the spiritual leader of the Ismailis, a Shiite sect. He succeeded his father in 1885 to become the 48th imam, and he had followers all over the world, especially in India. The Mausoleum is no longer open to the public.
Flowing through golden desert and around enchanting emerald islands, the Nile forms the lifeline of Aswan and its unique archipelago. The two major islands are Elephantine, the largest in the archipelago, and Kitchener’s Island with its exotic botanical garden. The islands can be reached by felucca, motorboat, or public ferry. The best way to see the archipelago is by felucca.
The old bazaar of Aswan, also known as
, is located on a street parallel to the southern area of the corniche. It is a lively market full of colourful merchandise and the scent of exotic spices and perfumes. You want to bring some “karkede” tea, made from hibiscus flowers, home? Buy it here. You like cooking? You will find all the ingredients for an exotic meal.
The merchants are very friendly and helpful. Some of them can be a little persuasive but don’t lose your calm and good temper. A smile, a joke and a few kind words will make you a success in the souk. There are no set prices so a little bargaining is part of the process. Remember that the right price of a product is exactly what you are willing to pay for it.
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