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Aswan Local History

Egypt's southernmost city, which is the country's gateway to Africa is Aswan. During the ancient times Aswan was called a garrison town then known as Swnet (which means trade).

Located on the Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile, was the main town and temple area of Swenet. The ruins and temples found in Aswan are not very impressive and well preserved as those found elsewhere in the country.

Aswan Attractions

Aswan Shopping

Egyptian jewellery can be bought at the right price. When shopping for jewellery always be awake as one tends to buy fake jewellery without even knowing. When purchasing clothes and shoes this can be of great value.

One can buy cotton clothes which can be tailor-made, but one can never be to sure of the quality of the work. Shoes can be one of your best buys. Always buy first class leather as they tend to last much longer and are very comfortable for taking long walks.There are shoe stores all over the city.

Aswan Activities

The Nubia Museum - Also known as the "Land of Gold", this is one of Egypts most important museums. This is the only unique open museum of its time. Follows were discovered during excavations, which provided information about the Nubian way of life and its development along ages. At the museum one can find the statute of Ramsis II,which was laid at the front of the Museum,the statute of amenras the spiritual wife of Amen, she is said to be of Nubian origin. The museum also houses several models and styles of the Nubian heritage, example it depicts live images of the River Nile streaming through its banks. This museum also hosts 3000 monumental pieces of several times, and ranks tenth in the list of museums inaugurated in Egypt over the past three years.

The Tombs of the Nobles - Situated on the northern hill of the west bank one can find the 6th Dynasty tombs. Inside the tombs you will find hieroglyphic biographies and inscriptions which tells the noblemen's journey into Africa. The tombs are numbered and they include Sarenput II which is number 31, Sibni number 25, Mekhu number 26 and Qugget Al Hawwa. At night hidden spotlights are put on to illuminate the tombs.

The Unfinished Obelisk - The red granite which was used in the ancient temples came from the quarries in the Aswan area. Located in the Northern Quarry, The Unfinished Obelisk can be found, one can still see where the crack was discovered.

Aswan Restaurants and Bars

Most natives start their day with a very light breakfast which consists of beans or bean cakes, eggs, and or pickles, cheeses, and jams. Many of the families only eat their large starchy lunch at about 1400 to 1700 and after that a siesta will follow. A British-style tea may be between 1700 and 1800 which follows with a light supper late in the evening. The suppers are normally food which was leftover from lunch. If the families are interested in having dinner parties they arrange it for no earlier that 2100 with the meals served an hour or two later.

If you interested in going out for lunch at a restaurant lunch will only be served from 1300 to 1600 and dinner being served from 200 until 2400. Egyptian food will always reflects the country's melting -pot history. The dishes made are very simple and anyone can make them. The dishes are made with ripened fruits and vegetable and seasoned with wonderful fresh spices.

Food made in the south are very closely linked to the North African cuisine and it is more tasty than that found in the north. For the very best cooking try the smaller towns here you will get the best dishes you ask for.

Aswan Restaurants

La Perla (Italian) -B. This restaurant is not rated. Located in Aswan. The address: The Aswan Oberoi Hotel and Spa, Elephantine Island, Aswan 81111, Egypt. Contact number : +20-97-314666 and fax number: +20-97-313538. This restaurant has Italian decor and offers Italian cuisine. The opening hours are as follows: 12 noon to 0300pam and 0700 to 1100pm. There 100 seats available.

The 1902 (International) (at the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel) -BW - This restaurant is not rated. Located in Aswan. The address: Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan , Egypt. Contact number : +20-97-316000 and fax number +20-97-316011. Here you are served local and international cuisine. The food is of a high standard and enjoyed by many.

The Nashwa (French) -B - Located in Aswan. The address: The Aswan Oberoi Hotel and spa, Elephantine Island, Awan 81111, Egypt. Contact number : +20-97-314666 and fax number +20-97-313538. This is more your traditional style with gold and maroon decor. The guests are served French cuisine, with a silver service. The opening hours are as follows: 700pm to 1100pm. There are only 110 seats available.

Aswan Bars & Clubs

The Elephantine Bar - This bar is situated in Aswan. The address: The Aswan Oberoi Hotel and Spa, Elephantine Island, Aswan, 81111, Egypt. Contact number: +20-97-314666 and fax number +20-97-313538. The layout of the Elephantine Bar is that of a traditional style with maroon decor and wooden panelling. This is definitely the place to come to if you want to spend your evening relaxing.

The Tower Bar - This bar is not rated. Located at The Aswan Oberoi Hotel and Spa, Elephantine Island, Aswan 81111, Egypt. Contact number: +20-97-314666 and fax number +20-97-313538. This bar can be found on the 12th floor. Here you will find wrap-around windows with a panoramic view.

Aswan children's activities

The Nubia Museum - Also known as the "Land of Gold", this is one of Egypts most important museums. This is the only unique open museum of its time. Follows were discovered during excavations, which provided information about the Nubian way of life and its development along ages. At the museum one can find the statute of Ramsis II,which was laid at the front of the Museum,the statute of amenras the spiritual wife of Amen, she is said to be of Nubian origin. The museum also houses several models and styles of the Nubian heritage, example it depicts live images of the River Nile streaming through its banks. This museum also hosts 3000 monumental pieces of several times, and ranks tenth in the list of museums inaugurated in Egypt over the past three years.

The Tombs of the Nobles - Situated on the northern hill of the west bank one can find the 6th Dynasty tombs. Inside the tombs you will find hieroglyphic biographies and inscriptions which tells the noblemen's journey into Africa. The tombs are numbered and they include Sarenput II which is number 31, Sibni number 25, Mekhu number 26 and Qugget Al Hawwa. At night hidden spotlights are put on to illuminate the tombs.

The Unfinished Obelisk - The red granite which was used in the ancient temples came from the quarries in the Aswan area. Located in the Northern Quarry, The Unfinished Obelisk can be found, one can still see where the crack was discovered.

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