Aswan High Dam

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Aswan High Dam
3.5
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Supplying water and electricity to all of Egypt, this impressive two-mile dam was a 1960s feat of engineering.
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,244 contributions
Dec. 2021
It is part of tours to fill their time. Actually is a waste of time and money. Nothing interesting here to see. Just a huge construction.
Ok the story behing this might sound interesting but has a lot to do on the political aspect which clearly does not care us.
Written 28 December 2021
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1,110 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
The dam is truly an impressive engineering feat. There are well informed signs that describe varies parts of the dam from construction to power generation.
Written 4 December 2021
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bobofferwestort
Chicago, IL4 contributions
Dec. 2020
Hello. I'm here to distract you. No! Don't go on to the next review! Pay attention to this distraction!

Look: What you've got here is a damned big dam. It is large. Water goes thru it to make electricity somehow. Your guide doesn't actually know how. I don't know how. Who cares. Well, all of Egypt cares, of course, but seriously: Thank God it works. It's an ugly & boring marvel of mid-20th century engineering. Let's move on.

Too many people go to Aswan on chartered tours (Nile cruises & the like), stay for less than 24 hours & never see Egypt's best city. Your cruise is likely to drag you to the Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, & maybe Philae. (Philae is wonderful. Amazing place. You should definitely go.) You'll go to Abu Simbel at three am & then be too tired to do anything else before your train or flight back to Cairo. But there is so much else to see in this city!

• Definitely go to Philae.
• Definitely go sailing on the Nile on a felucca. (Arrange this for yourself. Do not go with your cruise or on a package arranged by your hotel. Do not.)
• Definitely go to the Nubia Museum. (Many Nile cruise tours will include this, but many won't.)
• If you like Ptolemaic Egyptian temples, also go to Kalabsha!
• You are likely to enjoy the spice market at night.
• Go further upstream to visit one of the Nubian tourist villages.
• Take the ferry to Elephantine Island & wander around the villages there. (You are almost certainly welcome.)
• If you're into modern art, there's an abandoned open museum of sculpture in the desert—for real!—called 'the open museum' in Arabic (المتحف المفتوح). Most people don't know about it. It's beautiful & surreal.
• You could cross over to West Aswan & ride camels to the millennium-old monastery in the desert.
• Go sailing on a felucca again.
• Heck, go sailing on a felucca a third time.
• Kitchener Island is pretty, & can be a nice walk for an hour or two.

There is so, so much to do in this city. You could spend a week here & not run out of new things to do. I lived here for a year & was never bored: Really. Never. Ever.

So. The Dam, you know? Eff it. If you're *really* not going to stay in Aswan beyond the 22 hours your cruise has allotted, then I strongly recommend you ditch the guided tour of the Dam & spend your time doing any of the things in the above list.

If, on the other hand, Soviet brutalist concrete stuff is really your thing, go to the Dam. (Note that the Egyptian government is very reasonable concerned about terrorism at this site, that it is heavily guarded, & that you will not be allowed to stay more than perhaps ten minutes. But the drive there & back, with your annoyingly slow Nile cruise cohort, will take a few hours out of your day. You know what? Maybe ditch your cruise cohort & just charter your own taxi. You'll pay a little more, but you'll have more control.) Also go beyond to the Soviet-Egyptian Friendship Monument. Meditate on Nasser & Khrushchev & Brezhnev & the true meaning of friendship.
Written 26 November 2021
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,021 contributions
Sep. 2021
The Aswan high dam is worth a stop while touring the sights in and around Aswan. Built by the Soviets in the 1960s (completed in 1970), the dam essentailly replaced the dam built by the British some 70 years earlier. It is a massive structure (called an embankment dam) and finally brought the Nile's downstream flooding under control while creating Lake Nasser to the South.
Written 24 November 2021
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Piranha A
Moscow, Russia65 contributions
Aug. 2021
If you' re in Aswan, you can' t avoid a visit to the High Dam. You have a unique point of view over Lake Nasser, and many egyptian temple from far.

What I like the most is the memorial to the Egyptian-Russian friendship that is just a few steps away; if you wanna discover more watch the video on Egypt Made Easy youtube !
Written 3 September 2021
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Josh B
Lafayette, IN364 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Standard stop on the Nile cruises, but not worth a special trip. It’s a big dam. Of the Aswan attractions, the Isis temple is by far the best.
Written 2 July 2021
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Amgad Abdelatti Mohamed
Aswan, Egypt9 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Solo
I went on a trip to visit three places, the Temple of Philae, the High Dam and the Missing Obelisk. The High Dam is a wonderful architecture in modern times. When you are on the body of the High Dam, you can see the Kalabsha Temple and Lake Nasser, which is a large and very wide lake. There The body of the dam has many maps and information about the High Dam, and this is useful and beautiful so that the visitor can know and understand how this great edifice and project was built and operated. It has been a source of electric power and saving people from a lot of floods.
Written 1 July 2021
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Evripidou M
141 contributions
Jun. 2020
a short stop during our bus tour, it was impressive and it was worth a short visit and the photo opportunity. After that yo can carry on your drive
Written 17 May 2021
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Laurie B
Boulder, CO338 contributions
Apr. 2021
The High Dam is impressive and it was worth a short visit and the photo opportunity. I would recommend stopping if it is near where you are.
Written 2 May 2021
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John
Hermosa Beach, CA22 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Family
If you seen one dam, you’ve seen them all. We were here for maybe 10 minutes. Neat to see, gives you a little better understanding of the river and surrounding areas. Learned a little history of the Nubians and how they were impacted by the dam.
Written 1 May 2021
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