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Egypt's southernmost city and ancient frontier town has the loveliest setting on the Nile. At ASWAN the deserts close in on the river, confining its sparkling blue between smooth amber sand and rugged extrusions of granite bedrock. Lateen-sailed feluccas glide past the ancient ruins and gargantuan rocks of Elephantine Island, palms and tropical shrubs softening the islands and embankments till intense blue skies fade into soft-focus dusks. The city's ambience is palpably African; its Nubian inhabitants are lither and darker than the Saiyidis, with different tastes and customs. Although its own …
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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

THE SOFITEL CATARACT ASWAN WILL BE CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT FOR 24 MONTHS FROM 1 MAY 2008. THE HOTEL WILL REOPEN AS A SOFITEL LEGEND. Built in 1899 on a granite bluff overlooking the Nile, this ...

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Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

This outstanding archaeological area contains such magnificent monuments as the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae, which were ...