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Beautiful Little Town

Aswan has a laid-back feel to it, Aswan reminds me of a quiet little town in the country. Aswan is calming and relaxing, it's charm I believe is it's friendly people.

Due to it's extreme heat, Aswan is very quiet during the day and seems to come alive at night, especially the Corniche. Aswan after dark resembles a big city equipped with automobile horns honking, horses and carriages, donkeys and carts, taxis, buses, cruise ships and people everywhere!

History

Aswan is sometimes known as Nubia or Upper Egypt. Nubia because Aswan is in close proximity to the country of Sudan, Northern Sudan is called Nubia or in ancient times, Kush.

A large amount of the residents of Aswan have darker skin and are known to be decendents of Sudan. Aswan is called Upper Egypt because of the elevation of the city and the beginning of the Nile originates in the South and flows to the North and to the Nile Delta and into the Mediterranean Sea. The River Nile is the only river that flows from South to North.

In Aswan, there are two languages being spoken by local Egyptians; Arabic and Nubian. Most Egyptian that live in Aswan speak both languages. Nubian, is a very difficult language to learn because there is no written alphabet for Nubian and therefore hard to speak. The only way to learn Nubian is by hearing

Mausoleum of The Aga Khan

To me, this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Aswan. This building towers high above the Nile on the southernmost point. The Mausoleum is built in the Fatimid Style. Inside, are two marble tombs engraved with writings from the Quran. In one tomb, The Aga Khan is buried. next to his tomb is his wife.

The Aga Khan was the 48th Imam of the Ismailis. He was born in Pakistan in 1885, he died in 1957. Every day after his death, roses were flown in from Europe at the request of his wife, and placed on his tomb. His wife Yvonne Labrousse, a former beauty queen from France was known by the people of Aswan as "Umm Habiba" (Mother of the Beloved). Her name was later changed to the title of Begum (Queen).

The Mausoleum has been closed since April of 1997 to visitors. Begum Aga Khan died in July of 2000, and now fresh flowers are laid by both tombs.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town feel, friendly people.
  • Cons:Hot and dry, even in late October!
  • In a nutshell:The Nile is at it 's most beautiful in Aswan!
  • Last visit to Aswan: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2012
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  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Great info Courtney! I would LOVE to see Abu Simbel. And the food sounds so yummy - especially the Karkady, Baklava, & Fiteer!

  • Phalaenopsis03's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Lottsa helpful stuff here. My friend took a felucca ride last yr and said their capt. solicited sex from the girls & guys on his boat. ...Still have my mom's 18K cartouche w/me. Back then, gold and gems from Mid East were affordable. My mom stocked up. :)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    really nice page courtney. i was there myself many years ago and had a really nice time there.

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Great tips, Courtney. Would love to visit some day!

  • zanzooni's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    And...don't drink the water!! ~

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Great main pcture of Aswan. All being well I will visit Aswan either at Christmas this year or early summer next. I'll be sure to check out your tips first.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    what a nice Nubian restaurant! View looks great -- will check it out when I return..Norman :)

  • NilePrincess's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Totally agree about the views from this restaurant! Definitely worth a visit. Awesome pic by the way.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Excellent tips, and your photos are good as well. Will have to bookmark your page so I can print out some details before my trip to Egypt.

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:57 AM

    great great tips and pics on Aswan. Well done.

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