The Secret Attractions of Aswan

The city of Aswan has always been Egypt’s southern frontier, a gateway to deep Africa, Nubian culture and the home of the most mystical and majestic monuments. The entire city is considered an open museum as it houses many important archaeological locations that go back to the pre-historical period like the Abu Simbel Temple, Edfu Temple, the unfinished Obelisk and Many others. The city can’t be a miss to visit during your trips In Egypt, it is a natural habitat filled with some of the most heavenly environment that contain precious materials like Granite which was used to build many monuments through the ancient history and the main entry point of the Nile to Egypt. But Aswan’s wonder keep on Giving; as there is a lot of sites and monuments that are hidden from sight.

The mausoleum of Mohammed Shan Ahga Khan

Aswan is the home to the mausoleum of Mohammed Shan Ahga Khan who was one of the richest men in the world during his time, he served as the spiritual leader, 48th imam of the Ismailis sector in India after being educated in Europe. He spent time in Aswan during his recovery from leg paralysis, he was very admired by the beauty of the city so he decided the city to become his final resting Place. In the late of 1950, he ordered the construction of a mausoleum resembling the Fatimid tombs in Cairo and made of very elegant Pink Granite Structure, that you can visit during your Egypt tour packages. It is located on the west bank of the Nile near the monastery of St. Simeons. He was buried there and his wife was also buried there. The mausoleum still attracts pilgrims due to his famous statue.

 

The Monastery of Saint Simeon

The monastery of Saint Simeon was considered one of the holiest places in Aswan back in the day. It was built in the 7th century by a monk by the name of Anba Hedra who renounced the world on his wedding day, devoted himself to chastity and dedicated his life to Christian studies. He spent nearly a decade wandering in the desert, involved in ascetic practices, then he decided to build a monastery on the island of Elephantine. It was reconstructed during the 10th century and it was constructed from mud bricks & stones and had the shape of a fortress, it was the home to 300 monks and 100 pilgrims while crossing to the Nubian to convert the Nubians to Christianity. The monastery was destroyed by Saladin troops in 1173, but the temple still in a pretty good shape after all these centuries as the graffiti is on the walls are still visible and the holy energy of the place is still detected.