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Aswan is the southernmost of Egypt's cities, situated at the highest navigable part of the Nile. It is a lovely, quiet and surprisingly green place. Aswan can also be quite hot. We went there in February and even then it was advisable to avoid the midday sun.

Visitors to Aswan will want to see the superb Nubian Museum which charts the

The Nile at Aswan

history of the black population of Egypt. This is a modern facility surrounded by a beautiful water garden that comes as quite a surprise in this dusty area. [see Places to visit in Aswan]

Other major attractions are the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island, the Unfinished Obelisk and of course the Aswan High Dam which has transformed the economy of Egypt in the last 50 years.

Aswan is also the staging point to see the temples of Philae and Abu Simbel. These were amazingly rebuilt stone by stone when they were rescued from being drowned

by Lake Nasser which was formed when the High Dam was built.

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