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(Arabic: أسوان‎; Coptic: ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲛ) is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan
Governorate. Aswan
is a busy market and tourist centre located just north of the Aswan Dams
Aswan Dams
on the east bank of the Nile
at the first cataract. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine.


1 Other spellings and variations 2 History 3 Climate 4 Education 5 Transport 6 Gallery 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Other spellings and variations[edit] "Aswan" is pronounced (English: /ˌæsˈwɑːn/. Spellings in other languages include Egyptian Arabic: أسوان‎ Aswān [ʔɑsˈwɑːn]; Ancient Egyptian: Swenett; Coptic: ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲛ Souan; Ancient Greek: Συήνη Syene), and it was formerly spelled Assuan. History[edit]

swnt.t in hieroglyphs

is the ancient city of Swenett, later known as Syene, which in antiquity was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt
facing the south. Swenett is supposed to have derived its name from an Egyptian goddess with the same name.[1] This goddess later was identified as Eileithyia by the Greeks and Lucina by the Romans during their occupation of Ancient Egypt
because of the similar association of their goddesses with childbirth, and of which the import is "the opener". The ancient name of the city also is said to be derived from the Egyptian symbol for "trade",[2] or "market".[3] Because the Ancient Egyptians
Ancient Egyptians
oriented themselves toward the origin of the life-giving waters of the Nile
in the south, and as Swenett was the southernmost town in the country, Egypt
always was conceived to "open" or begin at Swenett.[1] The city stood upon a peninsula on the right (east) bank of the Nile, immediately below (and north of) the first cataract of the flowing waters, which extend to it from Philae. Navigation to the delta was possible from this location without encountering a barrier. The stone quarries of ancient Egypt
located here were celebrated for their stone, and especially for the granitic rock called Syenite. They furnished the colossal statues, obelisks, and monolithal shrines that are found throughout Egypt, including the pyramids; and the traces of the quarrymen who worked in these 3,000 years ago are still visible in the native rock. They lie on either bank of the Nile, and a road, 6.5 km (4.0 mi) in length, was cut beside them from Syene to Philae. Swenett was equally important as a military station as a place of traffic. Under every dynasty it was a garrison town; and here tolls and customs were levied on all boats passing southwards and northwards. Around 330, the legion stationed here received a bishop from Alexandria; this later became the Coptic Diocese of Syene.[4] The city is mentioned by numerous ancient writers, including Herodotus,[5] Strabo,[6] Stephanus of Byzantium,[7] Ptolemy,[8] Pliny the Elder,[9] Vitruvius,[10] and it appears on the Antonine Itinerary.[11] It also is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel
Book of Ezekiel
and the Book
of Isaiah.[12]

View from the west bank of the Nile, islands, and Aswan

The latitude of the city that would become Aswan
– located at 24° 5′ 23″ – was an object of great interest to the ancient geographers. They believed that it was seated immediately under the tropic, and that on the day of the summer solstice, a vertical staff cast no shadow. They noted that the sun's disc was reflected in a well at noon. This statement is only approximately correct; at the summer solstice, the shadow was only ​1⁄400 of the staff, and so could scarcely be discerned, and the northern limb of the Sun's disc would be nearly vertical. However, Eratosthenes
used this information together with measurements of the shadow length on the solstice at Alexandria
to perform the first known calculation of the circumference of the Earth. The Nile
is nearly 650 m (0.40 mi) wide above Aswan. From this frontier town to the northern extremity of Egypt, the river flows for more than 1,200 km (750 mi) without bar or cataract. The voyage from Aswan
to Alexandria
usually took 21 to 28 days in favourable weather. Climate[edit]

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has a hot desert climate ( Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
BWh) like the rest of Egypt. Aswan
and Luxor
have the hottest summer days of any city in Egypt. Aswan
is one of the hottest, sunniest and driest cities in the world. Average high temperatures are consistently above 40 °C (104.0 °F) during summer (June, July, August and also September) while average low temperatures remain above 25 °C (77.0 °F). Summers are long, prolonged and extremely hot. Average high temperatures remain above 23 °C (73.4 °F) during the coldest month of the year while average low temperatures remain above 8 °C (46.4 °F). Winters are short, brief and extremely warm. Wintertime is very pleasant and enjoyable while summertime is unbearably hot with blazing sunshine although desert heat is dry. The climate of Aswan
is extremely dry year-round, with less than 1 mm (0 in) of average annual precipitation. The desert city is one of the driest ones in the world, and rainfall doesn't occur every year, as of early 2001, the last rain there was seven years earlier. Aswan
is one of the least humid cities on the planet, with an average relative humidity of only 26%, with a maximum mean of 42% during winter and a minimum mean of 16% during summer. The weather of Aswan
is extremely clear, bright and sunny year-round, in all seasons, with a low seasonal variation, with almost 4,000 hours of annual sunshine, very close to the maximum theoretical sunshine duration. Aswan
is one of the sunniest places on Earth. The highest record temperature was 51 °C (124 °F) on July 4, 1918, and the lowest record temperature was −2.4 °C (27.7 °F) on January 6, 1989.[13]

Climate data for Aswan, Egypt

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 35.3 (95.5) 38.5 (101.3) 44.0 (111.2) 46.1 (115) 47.8 (118) 50.6 (123.1) 51.0 (123.8) 48.0 (118.4) 47.8 (118) 45.4 (113.7) 42.2 (108) 38.6 (101.5) 51.0 (123.8)

Average high °C (°F) 22.9 (73.2) 25.2 (77.4) 29.5 (85.1) 34.9 (94.8) 38.9 (102) 41.4 (106.5) 41.1 (106) 40.9 (105.6) 39.3 (102.7) 35.9 (96.6) 29.1 (84.4) 24.3 (75.7) 33.6 (92.5)

Daily mean °C (°F) 15.3 (59.5) 17.5 (63.5) 21.8 (71.2) 27 (81) 31.4 (88.5) 33.5 (92.3) 33.6 (92.5) 33.2 (91.8) 32.8 (91) 27.7 (81.9) 21.5 (70.7) 16.9 (62.4) 25.9 (78.6)

Average low °C (°F) 8.7 (47.7) 10.2 (50.4) 13.8 (56.8) 18.9 (66) 23 (73) 25.2 (77.4) 26 (79) 25.8 (78.4) 24 (75) 20.6 (69.1) 15.0 (59) 10.5 (50.9) 18.5 (65.3)

Record low °C (°F) −2.4 (27.7) 3.8 (38.8) 5.0 (41) 7.8 (46) 13.4 (56.1) 18.9 (66) 20.0 (68) 20.0 (68) 16.1 (61) 12.2 (54) 6.1 (43) 0.6 (33.1) −2.4 (27.7)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.1 (0.004) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.7 (0.028) 0 (0) 0.6 (0.024) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1.4 (0.055)

Average rainy days (≥ 0.01 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.25 0.0 0.0 0.85

Average relative humidity (%) 40 32 24 19 17 16 18 21 22 27 36 42 26.2

Mean monthly sunshine hours 298.2 281.1 321.6 316.1 346.8 363.2 374.6 359.6 298.3 314.6 299.6 289.1 3,862.8

Source #1: World Meteorological Organization,[14]

Source #2: NOAA for mean temperatures, humidity, and sun,[15] Meteo Climat (extremes 1918–present)[13]

Education[edit] In 1999, South Valley University was inaugurated and it has three branches; Aswan, Qena
and Hurghada. The university grew steadily and now it is firmly established as a major institution of higher education in Upper Egypt. Aswan
branch of Assiut University began in 1973 with the Faculty of Education and in 1975 the Faculty of Science was opened. Aswan
branch has five faculties namely; Science, Education, Engineering, Arts, Social Works and Institute of Energy. The Faculty of Science in Aswan
has six departments. Each department has one educational programme: Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Zoology. Except Botany Department, which has three educational programmes: Botany, Environmental Sciences and Microbiology; and Mathematics Department, which has two educational programmes: Mathematics and Computer Science. The Faculty of Science awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in nine educational programmes, Higher Diploma, Master of Science and Philosophy Doctor of Science. Aswan
also has Aswan
Higher Institute of Social Work that was established in 1975 making him the oldest private higher institute of Social Work in Upper Egypt Transport[edit] Aswan
is served by the Aswan
International Airport. Train and bus service is also available. Taxi and rickshaw are used for transport here. Gallery[edit]

Archangel Michael's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, built in the Coptic style

El-Tabia Mosque in Aswan

The Lotus-Tower near Aswan

Museum entrance

Fatimid Cemetery

Unfinished Obelisk
in Aswan

Monastery of St. Simeon

A street parallel to Corniche in Aswan


Botanical Garden




Gharb Seheil

Nubian village in Elephantine

Qubbet el-Hawa

Feluccas in Aswan

A view along the street connecting the railway station and the Nile

See also[edit]

Wadi Allaqi national park Abu Simbel Aswan
Dam Elephantine Philae Luxor

Kitchener's Island Temple of Kalabsha Tombs of Nobles in Aswan Nubia Banu Kanz Coptic Diocese of Syene


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Aswan". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray. 

^ a b Baines, John; Malek, Jaromir (March 1983). Atlas of Ancient Egypt
(Cultural Atlas). New York, NY: Facts On File
Inc. p. 240. ISBN 9780871963345.  ^ Suʻād Māhir (1966). Muhafazat Al Gumhuriya Al Arabiya Al Mutaheda wa Asaraha al baqiah fi al asr al islamim. Majlis al-Aʻlá lil-Shuʼūn al-Islāmīyah.  ^ James Henry Breasted (1912). A History of Egypt, from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 7.  ^ Dijkstra, J. Harm F. Religious Encounters on the Southern Egyptian Frontier in Late Antiquity (AD 298-642). ^ (ii. 30) ^ (ii. p. 133, xvii. p. 797, seq.) ^ (s. v.) ^ (vii. 5. § 15, viii. 15. § 15) ^ (ii. 73. s. 75, v. 10. s. 11, vi. 29. s. 34) ^ (De architectura, book viii. ch ii. § 6) ^ (p. 164) ^ Ezekiel 29:10, 30:6; Isaiah 49:12 ^ a b "Station Aswan" (in French). Meteo Climat. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ "Weather Information for Asswan". Retrieved August 31, 2012.  ^ "Asswan Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 

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