Aswan is Egypt's southernmost city. It has a remarkable African
touch. In the early 20th century it was Egypt's no. 1 winter
resort for its warm climate and sunny skies. The Nile River
offers a marvelous picturesque, as sailboats sail back and forth
in the legendary river while the water streams around islands
of granite rocky nature.
For thousands of years, Aswan was a prime supply of stone and
granite used by ancient Egyptians who wanted to carve obelisks
or build pyramids. Aswan has a variety of granite rocks.
The populous part of Aswan dominates the east bank but monuments
and tourist attraction sites lie on both banks of the Nile.
Aside from ancient relics, Aswan has two of Egypt's most important
agricultural projects in the 20th century; the Aswan Dam and
the High Dam. The latter is
a large-scale miraculous construction and is considered a landmark
of the city.
As being at the southern frontier of Egypt, Aswan was also an
important city of trade between the north of Egypt, Nubia
(to the south of Aswan) and Sudan.
Although it had lost great deal of its old commercial role,
the city's souk (market) is still a highlight and there are
products that you can only find in Aswan in addition to other