Temple of Edfu:
Temple of Edfu: The major Ptolemaic temple of Edfu is the best-preserved major temple in Egypt. It is dedicated to the Falcon god Horus and was built over180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC. August Mariette excavated the temple last century. Its courtyard and surrounds were buried beneath sand and also houses built by local villagers.
Temple of Kom Ombo:
The unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods is dedicated to the crocodile God and the falcon god. Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as one approaches from either direction on the river, particularly at sunset. Long ago, crocodiles probably sunned themselves on an island nearby.
Egypt's southernmost city has long been the country's gateway to Africa and a prosperous market city on the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes. It sits at the `other' end of the Nile not far above the Tropic of Cancer. The Nile has Elephantine Island in its centre and this is where the main town and temple area of Sunt were located (the island was known then as Yebu, and later renamed by the Greeks). The Nile is glorious here as it makes its way down from massive High Dam and Lake Nasser, and watching the feluccas glide by as the sun sets over the Nile is about as moving as any travel experience
The Philae temple
was once renowned as the (The Pearl of Egypt) virtue of its rich Vegetation & its magnificent assemblage of temples. The island of Philae now lies beneath the waters of Lake Nasser; but fortunately thanks to a spectacular rescue operation carried through with financial & technical assistance from Italy and West Germany, it was possible to save at least the most important monuments & re-erect them on the higher neighbor island of Agilka.
The High Dam
construction started in 1960, and fully finished 10 years later. The High Dam became an expression of political tensions in those days — financed by the help of the Soviet Union, a few years after the war inflicted upon Egypt by Israel, France and Britain. The lake that grew gradually from the construction, is called Lake Nasser in honor of the president Gamal Abdel Nasser, who died the year the dam was finished.
The Unfinished Obelisk
Is the site of the granite quarries of ancient Aswan lay beside the Nile, thus providing easy access to boats for transporting this prized building stone to sites downstream. A crack in the granite stopped the cutting of what would have been an enormous obelisk (estimated at more than 40 meters high). Now the abandoned partially carved obelisk gives us information about how ancient stonecutters worked.