ASWAN — The Town & East Bank

You can wander around town taking in the sights of the markets or you can visit some of the sights that are further away.

The sights found here are:
Sharia as-Souq
Nubian Museum
Fatmid Cemetery
Unfinished Obelisk

Sharia as-Souq

Sharia as-Souq
The main market in Aswan is known as the 'Sharia as-Souq' and whilst it hardly competes with markets in Cairo in terms of shopping opportunities, it is quite adequate and more than meets the needs of most tourists. Popular souvenirs that can be bought in these markets are highly colourful and fragrant spices such as saffron and hibiscus, silk scarves, tshirts, silver jewellery and Nubian handicrafts which tend to be of higher quality here than in other parts of Egypt.

Traveller's Tip

Part of the fun of shopping in the souq is bargaining for something that takes your fancy. It is expected and depending on your skills you can negotiate a good and fair price.

Nubian Museum
This museum shows the history, art and culture of Nubia from prehistoric to modern times. Some of the pieces found in here are quite beautiful and date back thousands of years. The museum contains over 3000 pieces including pottery, statues and artefacts as well as displays showing the development of irrigation along the Nile. There is a large outdoor section which includes part of the Fatmid Cemetery. It is well worth a visit.
To find out more about this museum visit the website at:http://www.numibia.net/nubia/intro.htm

Traveller's Tip

Make sure you visit the large outdoor area. Some of the exhibits are illuminated at night which is beautiful.

Fatmid Cemetery
This cemetery is huge and contains a collection of domed and vaulted square buildings dating back to the 9th or 10th century AD. You can walk through the cemetery and reach the road leading to the Unfinished Obelisk on the other side.

Unfinished Obelisk

Unfinished Obelisk
The granite found in Aswan came from quarry sites found in the area. The granite from three quarries was used by the ancient Egyptians for their statues, and to decorate their temples and pyramids. In the northern quarries an obelisk about 42m long was left lying unfinished probably because there was a flaw in it. If it had been finished it would have weighed about 1168 tonnes and been the largest obelisk ever made.