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“nilometer is the highlight!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Elephantine Island

Elephantine Island
Across the Nile from Aswan, Aswan, Egypt
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$28*
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Aswan
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Owner description: This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult center of the ram headed god Khnum in ancient times.
Loveland, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“nilometer is the highlight!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

okay set of ruins - they are doing a lot of repairs. worth it if you want to see how they are repairing everything. nilometer was really neat and makes it worth it!

Visited May 2013
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“Remains of ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Was very interesting. Gives you an idea of life 1000s of years ago. You can see this island from our hotel. It is a large island, with ruins of temples and a church with an altar

Visited June 2013
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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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“A green oasis!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

So cultivated and green and people very friendly and welcoming. Not keen on captive crocodiles but it's their traditions, at least our family wern't planning on eating theirs after having it 10 years!

Visited April 2013
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Izmir, Turkey
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“I do not know why it is even here.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

It is filthy settlement with narrow and extremely dirty streets. If you are not coming from a sterile environment, and already have traveled to some of the poor and underdeveloped countries, you may know that even if they are poor, they may still stay clean. It is opposite in this island, and with all giant AC's that and felluca's they own, I am not sure how poor they are.

Visited April 2013
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Kecskemet, Hungary
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“The best part of Aswan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

As much as Aswan is busy and chaotic, the Elephantine island offers peace, traditional Nubian village life and friendly, welcoming people, only 5 minutes ferry away. After one night in the city, we moved there for the rest of our Aswan stay and that transformed our trip. There is accommodation available in traditional Nubian houses.

Visited March 2013
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