High Dam, Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk Day Tour from Aswan
Today you will visit the well-known sights in Aswan: High Dam, Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk.
In the morning, a tour guide will pick you up from the hotel or cruise and start to explorer Aswan by visiting:
Philae temple: which dedicated to the goddess Isis, and it’s a temple which tell one of the most famous Egyptian mythology of Isis and how she brought her beloved husband back to life, birth of her son Horus & mummifying Osiris after death. The temple was moved to a small island called Agilika after building the High Dam to preserve it from the flood & originally it was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period). There were obelisks in front of the temple in the past, which were removed by British Consul Henry Salt in 1918 and are now in a garden in Dorset, England.
The High Dam: It’s a rock-fill dam located at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan which considered an engineering miracle to protect Egypt from annual floods from the Nile as construction for the project began in 1960 and was completed in 1968. It was officially inaugurated in 1971. It measures 111 m in height, 3,830 m in length, and has a base width of 980 m. The spillway has a discharge capacity of 11,000 m³ a second.
Unfinished Obelisk: It’s a huge obelisk & it’s one of the most famous stones left behind, and it’s taller than any known obelisk ever raised which abandoned when fractures appeared in its sides but still attached to bedrock. By discovering this obelisk; we have a good clue to how the ancient Egyptians quarried the hard granite with simple tools which used for building ancient temples & colossi status, although it’s still a big mystery the method they brought this heavy stones to Cairo which is around 500 miles away from Aswan. Finish your tour & transfer back to your hotel or cruise.
Highlights: Philae temple, The High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk.
Departure: daily. Includes: hotel/port pickup and drop-off, round trip transport by private air condition vehicle, entrance fees to the mentioned historical place, a qualified Egyptologist guide 2 small bottles of mineral water per person for the day. Minimum 2 people. The price mentioned for 2 people, if more or less, please inquire about the price.