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1. Elephantine

2. Temple of Khnum

3. Runis of Yebu

4. Nilometers

5. Temples of Satet

6. Aswan Museum

7. Nubian villages

8. Tombs of the Nobles

9. Felucca trip

10. Kitchener's Island

11. Aga Khan Mausoleuem

12. Monastery of St. Simeon

13. Unfinished obelisk

14. Fatimid cemetery

15. Nubia Museum

16. Aswan High Dam

17. City scenes


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Fatimid cemetery

Fatimid cemetery, Aswan, Egypt

Fatimid cemetery, Aswan, Egypt

The Fatimids ruled Egypt until the 12th century, when replaced by Saladin. Some of the tombs here go back to the 9th century, meaning that they predate the Fatimids. The tombs are very attractive, with roof corners protruding like horns. Presently many of these structures are being neglected, and seem to be only short time from falling apart. In a poor attempt of preservation, inscriptions were removed from the tombs, but without recording what came from what. Because of that, it is today impossible to reconstruct the origin of each structure.
A walk around the most visually attractive tombs is more important and interesting than it may first appear. The thing here is that there are graves from so many centuries, that this single place show the development of Muslim graves up until our age. Anyone being fascinated by this part of Muslim history, should not miss out on the gigantic dome graves complex of Minya, more than 600 km down the Nile.

By Tore Kjeilen