From a distance, Aswan appears to be a small, rather idyllic and sleepy city, but around 258,000 people live on Egypt’s southern border.
It is impossible not to be captivated by the pulsating life of the mysterious and strange streets of Aswan. Even today, the colorful displays of goods in the souks are dominated by the historical South African caravan trade. The city is well known for its traditional bazaars. Depending on the time of day, everyday life is relatively calm and interrupted only by the hectic hustle and bustle of the traders.
Aswan is synonymous with immense dams. In 1902, the first dam on the Nile was completed by the British. The Soviet Union sponsored the construction of an even larger dam. In 1971, the Sadd El-Ali Dam transformed the appearance of the Nile forever.
Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.