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Luxor - West Bank

Necropolis of Thebes On the West Bank of the River Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, is an area where many tombs, temples, and mortuary temples can be found; an area known as the Necropolis of Thebes (or Theban Necropolis). This is the main attractio


PLEASE NOTE: This article is about Abydos the ancient Egyptian necropolis, NOT Abydos the planet in Stargate! Abydos is one of the oldest sites in Egypt and it was in continual use from the Pre-Dynastic Period until the 30th Dynasty. It is located 7


47 miles (75 kilometres) northeast of Luxor lies one of the best-preserved temple complexes in the whole of Egypt. The temple complex of Dendera is 47,839 square yards (40,000 square meters), or 9 acres, in size, bordered by an immense mudbrick enclo


Aswan (Assuan) is Egypt rsquo;s most southerly city, once regarded as the border with Nubia, and the source for all of the granite used in the ancient pyramids, temples, and obelisks. Because of its location Aswan became an important garrison town du

Aswan High Dam

The Aswan High Dam was completed in 1970 and inaugurated, by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in January 1971. It stands 364 feet (111 metres) high, has a crest length of 12,562 feet (3,830 metres) with a volume of 57,940,000 cubic yards (44,300,000 cub

Elephantine Island

Originally known as Abu or Yebu, Elephantine Island was the home of the god Khnum, who guarded the waters from his cave that was situated below the island, though this role was changed, in later Pharaonic times, to that of a potter that created human

Aswan Botanical Gardens

In 1899 Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, ADC, PC a senior British Army officer and colonial administrator, was gifted with an island that lay immediately to the west of Elephantine Island,

Nubian Museum

Nubian Museum (Aswan) The new Nubian Museum opened in 1997 and its lines of architecture alone are worth seeing. Located in the hillside, the museum occupies 50,000 square meters of scenery gardens and buildings, which are divided up into different s

The Unfinished Obelisk

Lying in Aswan rsquo;s Northern Quarry, where it has been since work was abandoned on it during ancient Egypt rsquo;s New Kingdom, is the monolith known as the Unfinished Obelisk. It is still uncertain which Pharaoh commissioned this particular obeli

Temples of Philae

Just south of Aswan, in the River Nile reservoir that is sandwiched between the old Aswan dam and the Aswan High Dam, lays a collection of islands that include what the Greeks called the island of Philae, though it was known as Qaṣr Anas al-Wujūd

Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt along the Nile about 290 km southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nubian Monuments which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae.

Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh, or ldquo;Bay of the Old Man in Arabic, was just a little fishing village until the 1960 rsquo;s when it took on a major significance in the war between Israel and Egypt. It had taken on another role as a small Egyptian naval base but

El Gouna

On Egypt rsquo;s Red Sea coast, just 19 miles (30 kilometres) north of Hurghada, lays the self-contained town of El Gouna (which means ldquo;the lagoon in Arabic). With a population of only 20,000 El Gouna is spread over a series of islands and lagoo


Before the mid 1970 rsquo;s all that existed in this area of the Red Sea coastline was a small fishing village called El Dahar, but then the idea of creating a tourist resort was thought up and soon American, Arab, and European investors got involved

Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is a town in southeastern Egypt, located on the western shore of the Red Sea. It is currently seeing fast increasing popularity as a tourist destination and development following the opening of Marsa Alam International Airport in 2001. Mar

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