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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

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Aswan is a serene Nile Valley destination where the Nile is more majestic than anywhere else, flowing through granite rocks, and round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. It is considered as an all-time favorite winter destination. Moreover, guests will be surprised to see how many monuments and sites this small city has to offer. Consider sailing to the temple of Philae, seeing the Agha Khan Mausoleum and taking an excursion to St. Simeon’s Monastery.

Since Ancient times, Aswan has also been known for its environmental therapy: burying the aching parts of the body in Aswan’s sand gives valuable results and can help relieve stubborn ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, joint edema, and skin inflammation. The town’s climate is also known to have great relaxing and rejuvenating properties.

The Philae Temple
For over 50 years the Island of Philae and its monuments lay half-submerged in water built up by the Aswan Dam and barrages during annual inundations, until the UNESCO rescue operations for the Nubian monuments in the 1960s. The temples have now been completely dismantled and rebuilt to the original orientation on the nearby island of Agilika which rises higher from the water and has been reshaped and landscaped to resemble the original Philae. Metal pylons on the old island of Philae can still be seen rising from the water to the south of Agilika.

Elephantine Island
Elephantine is an island in the center of the Nile at Aswan. This was the original ‘border town’ between Egypt and the Nubian lands to the south and in ancient times was an important strategic position both for the defense of the border and as a trading route. The island has been inhabited from the Early Dynastic Period through Roman times until the present day. Its ancient name was ‘Abu’ or ‘yebu’, which means elephant and was probably derived from the shape of the smooth grey boulders which surround the island, looking like elephants in the water.

Abu Simbel Temples
The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BCE, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

Anakato Nubian Village - Gharb Soheil
AnaKato is a serene and tranquil retreat. The dry climate and magnificent Nile location, the golden desert sands and the extraordinary sense of Egypt's ancient past induce a deep restorative calm that has to be experienced to be believed.

It started in 2009, with one exclusive Nubian house on the River Nile in Aswan featuring the authentic Nubian atmosphere, welcoming, food and well-known hospitality for nature, meditation and relaxation’s lovers.


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