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Aswan Travel Guide

by our Egypt expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryAswan - and especially its dam - are where ancient and modern Egypt come face to face. The ‘1st cataract’ of the Nile (numbered going south, away from the Mediterranean), and the city there, marked the ancient frontier. For millennia, the river flooded annually creating the rich agricultural soil that the civilisation developed on. It also caused the droughts and flood destruction of Pharoah’s seven good and bad years until in the 1970’s the astounding engineering feat of the Aswan High Dam and the resulting Lake Nasser were created. The World Heritage site of Abu Simbel was painstakingly moved higher at the far southern end of the new lake and the cruise journey is now one of the great world tourist attractions. The locality was also the quarry source of the granite stone used for statues, temples and the Pyramids around Cairo some 750 miles to the north as well as the Valley of the Kings at Luxor (and the London, Paris and New York ‘Cleopatra’s Needles’).
 

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Dialling Code: +20
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