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Elephantine Island

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Address: Across the Nile from Aswan | Two parts to this Island, Aswan, Egypt

This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult...

This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult center of the ram headed god Khnum in ancient times.

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appear the old Egyptian life it is better to have a tour guide see how was the grate kings of old Egyptians live

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
George W
Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

appear the old Egyptian life it is better to have a tour guide see how was the grate kings of old Egyptians live

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Known to the Ancient Egyptians as Abu or Yebu, the island of Elephantine stood at the border between Egypt and Nubia. It was an excellent defensive site for a city and its location made it a natural cargo transfer point for river trade. This border is near the Tropic of Cancer, the most northerly latitude at which the sun can... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, there is nothing at all to see as the old Nubian village is very dirty and not attractive, but the worst is that the kids will ask you money and if you don't give through you stones in a bad way. Instead go to the Nubian village of Seheil it is 100 times more friendly and beautiful.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has to be seen to be believed. It is in a ruined state, however the breadth of different kingdom influences is obvious and humbling. There is something about this place that the ancients recognised was special, See if you can find it. Trip by boat is relaxing and the stairs can be challenging. Take a hat and water.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is not much to see on the Island. We arrived on a traditional Egyptian sailboat, a felucca, which sailed surprisingly fast. There are archeological remains but the predominantly what is apparent is the pastoral life of the local inhabitants

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did it for a birthday- had an amazing time. It is fantastic to see the sun go down being lazy on a sailboat. The view of the desert, sun, the Nile and great friends made this very special

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small island in the centre of Nie at Aswan. This small island is choc a bloc with the old temples & monuments...... There is temple of Satis and Temple of Khnum. Temple of Satis is built on an even older temple which can be also seen (from outside, the gate is locked). Then there is Sanctuary of... More 

Thank K_Yogi
Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The island itself is "rustic" as I would describe it. Dirt paths and locals give it a flavor unlike other ancient sites. It has a few restaurants and has the huge Movenpick Hotel. The ancient sites on the island does not have much to see. Basically a pile of rocks without much rhyme or reason to them. There are some... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is the largest island in the Aswan archipelago. It is located in the Nile in northern Nubia (which is southern Egypt). Some of the archaeologists' finds here date back to 3000 BC.

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Aswan, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

It`s one of the highlights of Aswan , It`s not very popular to the tourists although it`s very important archaeological site in Aswan , It was the capital of the ancient province of Aswan , and full of ancient ruins of houses and temples from many ancient periods plus a tiny Pyramid too , I`m specialized in this site as... More 

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