Tuesday, 28 February 2017


“Egypt was - as it is now - a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.” - Ridley Scott

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Aswan, formerly spelled Assuan, 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 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.

Aswan is the ancient city of Swenett, 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. 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, or market.

Because the Ancient Egyptians oriented toward the origin of the life-giving waters of the Nile in the south, Swenett was the first town in the country, and Egypt always was conceived to "open" or begin at Swenett. 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.

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  1. Egypt has ancient civilization and Nile river had remained the bedrock of its trade with other countries.

  2. I love the contrast, the old with the new...

  3. I learned about Aswan at school studying ancient Egypt. I didn't know that it is still called that today. :) You learn something new every day I guess!

  4. This is really interesting. I hadn't heard of Swenett before, nor the godess from which it was named.

  5. My brother keeps telling me that I need to go to Egypt, because I would like it there:) Thank you for hosting!

  6. that is a stunning place beautifully captured, the contrast of colors is captivating!

  7. Amazing photograph. The contrast of the barren land in the background with the blue water and city in the foreground is stunning.