Webdesign by Rufin Duwel - all rights reserved Places Worth Visiting in Aswan    Temple of Philae  The temple of Isis at Philae was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in  the 1960s. The temple was rescued by a joint operation between the Egyptian government and  UNESCO. The whole island was surrounded with a dam and the inside pumped dry. Then every  stone block of the complex was labelled and removed to be assembled on the higher ground of  Agilka island. The whole project took ten years and has saved one of Egypt's most beautiful  temples from certain destruction.                                                 Admission EGP 50.00  Aswan Unfinished Obelisk  The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk. It is unknown which pharaoh  created this structure. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever  erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would  have weighed nearly 1,200 tons. The obelisk's creators began to carve it directly out of  bedrock, but cracks appeared in the granite and the project was abandoned. Admission EGP 30.00  Aswan High Dam  Building the High Dam of Aswan took 11 years. It is one of the highlights of Soviet engineering.  The total length is 3600 m, the base measures 980 m and it 40 m wide at the top. It contains 18  times more material then the Pyramid of Cheops. It was financed and build by the former Soviet  Union. From the dam you can enjoy a fabulous view over Lake Nasser up to the Kalabsha  Temple. Nowadays the High Dam provides electricity and irrigation for most of Egypt.  Admisson EGP 20.00 pp  Aswan Kitcheners' Botanical Gardens  Kitcheners' Island is situated between Elephantine and the Westbank in Aswan. The island  was a gift to Lord Kitchener who was at the end of the 19th century the consul general of  Egypt and the commander in chief of the colonial forces in Egypt and the Sudan. He was also  a keen botanist and started to collect plants and trees from all over the British Empire and  brought them together in this still fabulous Botanical Garden. Admission EGP 15.00 pp  Felucca ride to reach Kitcheners' Island The felucca is not only the traditional sailing vessel on the Nile, it also has a very graceful line.  The Nile is literaly littered with them. They are use to transport goods, for fishing and also to  accommodate tourists. The best way to get to Kitcheners' Island is to use a felucca. The trip  mostly includes sailing around Elephantine before reaching the Botanical Island Garden. It is a  very nice and relaxing experience.  The average rate for a felucca is EGP 50.00 for the vessel and the trip.