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Aswan

Aswan is a strategic location which currently houses a garrison of the Egyptian army, but which has also seen ancient Egyptian garrisons, as well as that of General Kitchener, Turkish troops of the Ottoman empire and the Romans.

Aswan

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Taking a journey around the islands on a white felucca, is compulsory. Elephantine Island, just outside the center of Aswan, is one of the highlights of Egyptian nature. Dark yellow stones, where green trees grow out of nothing, framed by the sky that's always blue, and the Nile, even more blue. Elephantine Island housed a sizable Jewish community some 400-500 years BCE: but it remains an enigma what happened to them. On the other side of the Mile, the western, you can see the Aga Khan mausoleum, which is very new, but has it's charm through being the shrine over the celebrity-imam dying in 1957. And it's one of the few landmarks in the nearest vicinity of Aswan. Among the major attractions of Aswan are of course the Aswan Dams. There arc two. The first was finished in 1902, and was the largest in the world in its days. The new one was completed in 1971, and came as a result of the higher needs of the increasing Egyptian population. But it's far from containing it's maximum amount of water, due lo low water in the Nile up from Aswan.

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