Dom of the Wind
The Aswan West Bank riverscape is dominated by sand-covered hills, including the rock-cut tombs of the governors, the Keepers of the Gate of the South, and other dignitaries of the Middle and Old Kingdom (2278-1920 BC).
Notably, the Tombs of the Nobles are still under excavation, with significant discoveries in 2014 and 2017. Currently, six of the decorated tombs are open to the public.
Look out for the domed tomb of a Muslim worshipper at the crest of the hill, for which the hill is locally named – “Qubbet el-Hawa” or ‘Dome of the Wind’.
Your tour-guide will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship.
1st stop – Motor-boat ride:
Hop in a motorboat and sail to the southern cliff on Aswan’s Elephantine Island.
2nd stop – Tombs of the Nobles:
A small and very old passageway takes you to a staircase leading to an open upper courtyard where the tombs of the Nobles, the governors, and keepers of the Gate of the South, and other dignitaries of ancient Elephantine were dug. Currently, six are open to the public. These significant tombs date from the middle and Old Kingdoms and follow a simple plan including an entrance hall, a pillared room and a corridor leading to the burial chamber.
Your guided tour will start at the upper level’s southern end where the most interesting tombs are found. These ancient tombs are ruggedly cut from the natural rock, and, although they not as well preserved as some found in the Cairo or Luxor areas, are well worth seeing. They represent fine examples of hieroglyphic texts detailing their owner’s careers and scenes of what daily life was like in the earlier periods, with many linked together as chambers were added by family members.
After your enjoyable and informative trip, your tour-guide will return you to your hotel or cruise ship.
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