Aswan is a small and sunny city in Egypt’s southern part. With the most fantastic view of the Nile Valley, the city has some most majestic temples, leading you back to the ancient times.
Temple of Kalabsha
Open at 8 am and close at 4 pm.
Temple of Kalabsha was started construction in late Ptolemaic times and finished in the reign of Augustus, the Roman Emperor. It was built to serve the Mandulis, a god of Nubian.
Walk along an impressive stone causeway beside the lake, you arrive at the temple’s first pylon. Entering into the temple, you find yourself in a stately colonnaded court, step ahead you get into the eight columned hypostyle hall. You will witness the hieroglyphs and reliefs of the ancient pharaohs worshipping the Egyptian deities. Then you will be awestruck when you see the Mandulis, the god in a vulture feathered cloak.
Admission fee: 35 EGP for adults; 20 EGP for students.
Temple of Philae
Open from Oct to May at 7 am to 4 pm;
From Jun to Sep at 7am to 5pm.
Note that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Temple of Philae was built to serve the goddess Isis. It is situated in a gorgeous surrounding, which was beautified by UNESCO. The temple was relocated after the constructing of the Aswan Dam, which may threaten the original location. The temple includes several sanctuaries and shrines.
Don’t miss the Sound and Light show at night.
Admission fee: 50 EGP for adults; 25 EGP for students.
Temple of Kom Ombo
Open from Oct to May at 6 am to 4 pm;
From Jun to Sep at 6 am to 5 pm.
This temple is for Sobek and Horus the Elder. Distinctively, there are two identical entrances, hypostyle halls and sanctuaries. This symmetric layout was considered to offer equal treatment to the two gods who are connected in the fairy tales.
The temple is built on a bend of the Nile River, this was a gathering place for crocodiles in ancient times. The temple shows us the respect that Ancient Egyptian priests paid to natural Nile and the crocodiles. You can see mummified crocodiles, incredible wall reliefs and clay coffins in the temple.
To reach the temple, you can jump off the cruise boat from Luxor to Aswan, or take a one-day-trip from Aswan.
Admission fee: 30 EGP for adults; 15 EGP for students.