7 Sights in Aswan, Egypt (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Aswan, Egypt. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 7 sights are available in Aswan, Egypt.

1. Ed Dakka Temple

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Ed Dakka TempleDennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada / CC BY-SA 2.0

Ad-Dakka was a place in Lower Nubia. It is the site of the Greco-Roman Temple of Dakka, dedicated to Thoth, the god of wisdom in the ancient Egyptian pantheon. The temple was initially a small one-room shrine or chapel, first begun in the 3rd century BC by a Meroitic king named Arqamani in collaboration with Ptolemy IV who added an antechamber and a gate structure. Ptolemy IX "subsequently enlarged the temple by adding a pronaos with two rows of probably three columns." During the Roman period, the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius further enlarged the structure with "the addition, at the rear, of a second sanctuary as well as inner and outer enclosure walls with a large pylon. The sanctuary contained a granite naos." The Temple of Dakka was transformed into a temple fortress by the Romans and surrounded by a stone wall, 270 by 444 metres long, with an entrance along the Nile.

Wikipedia: Temple of Dakka (EN)

2. Temple of Taffeh

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The Temple of Taffeh is an ancient Egyptian temple which was presented to the Netherlands for its help in contributing to the historical preservation of Egyptian antiquities in the 1960s during the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia. The temple was built of sandstone between 25 BCE and 14 CE during the rule of the Roman emperor Augustus. It was part of the Roman fortress known as Taphis and measures 6.5 by 8 metres. The north temple's "two front columns are formed by square pillars with engaged columns" on its four sides. The rear wall of the temple interior features a statue niche.

Wikipedia: Temple of Taffeh (EN)

3. Saint Simeon Monastery

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The Monastery of St. Semaan in Aswan is one of the ancient Coptic Orthodox monasteries. It is one of the largest Coptic monasteries in the world, dating back to the sixth century. Its original name was "Anba Hadra Monastery", and due to lack of water a century after its construction, the monastery was abandoned and left for several years untouched.

Wikipedia: دير الأنبا سمعان بأسوان (AR)

4. Maharraqa

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Temple of Al-Maharraqa is an ancient Egyptian Temple dedicated to Isis and Serapis. It was originally located in al-Maharraqa, Lower Nubia, approximately 140 km (87 mi) south of Aswan on the southern border of the Roman empire. In the 1960s it was relocated as part of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia.

Wikipedia: Temple of Maharraqa (EN)

5. Gerf Hussein

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The temple of Gerf Hussein was dedicated to pharaoh Ramesses II and built by the Setau, Viceroy of Nubia. Situated on a bank of the Nile some 90 km south of Aswan, it was partly free-standing and partly cut from the rock. It was dedicated to "Ptah, Ptah-Tatenen and Hathor, and associated with Ramesses, 'the Great God.'"

Wikipedia: Gerf Hussein (EN)

6. Temple of Dendur

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Temple of Dendur

The Temple of Dendur is a Roman Egyptian religious structure originally located in Tuzis, Nubia about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of modern Aswan. Around 23 BCE, Emperor Augustus commissioned the temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis and deified brothers Pedesi and Pihor from Nubia.

Wikipedia: Temple of Dendur (EN)

7. Temple of Ellesyia

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The Temple of Ellesyia is an ancient Egyptian rock-cut temple originally located near the site of Qasr Ibrim. It was built during the 18th Dynasty by the Pharaoh Thutmosis III. The temple was dedicated to the deities Amun, Horus and Satis.

Wikipedia: Temple of Ellesyia (EN)


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