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Aswan



Aswan
Introduction

1. Elephantine

2. Temple of Khnum

3. Runis of Yebu

4. Nilometers

5. Temples of Satet

6. Aswan Museum

7. Nubian villages

8. Tombs of the Nobles

9. Felucca trip

10. Kitchener's Island

11. Aga Khan Mausoleuem

12. Monastery of St. Simeon

13. Unfinished obelisk

14. Fatimid cemetery

15. Nubia Museum

16. Aswan High Dam

17. City scenes

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Tombs of the Nobles

Temple of the Nobles, Aswan, Egypt


Temple of the Nobles, Aswan, Egypt

Tomb of Sirenput 2, the best preserved wall-painting of the Temple of the Nobles. Sirenput is seated and receives flowers from his son.

Temple of the Nobles, Aswan, Egypt

The larger tombs have staircases going all the way down to the Nile. Processions crossed the Nile on boats, then carried offerings up the staircase and performed rituals mainly in front of the tombs.


The tomb of the Nobles, across the Nile, contains a string of tombs from the Old and Middle Kingdoms built for the elite of Aswan. The tombs are noteworthy for predating the rock-hewn royal tombs that came to dominate in the New Kingdom.
Decorations inside are not as rich as what can be seen in locations like Beni Hassan, but they are older here.
Also, these tombs are interesting by the fact that decorations deal far more with everyday life than f.x. the royal tombs of Luxor.
Admission is EŁ12 and EŁ10 for camera permit per tomb, open 7.00-17.00 daily. Access is by ferry EŁ0.25 each way. After visiting the tombs, it is very popular to ascend to the popular Muslim shrine above, the Qubba el-Hawa.
Temple of the Nobles, Aswan, Egypt

Offering table, with a blood gutter.




By Tore Kjeilen