Aswan is a busy market and tourist centre located just north of the Aswan Dams on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine.
The stone quarries of ancient Egypt located here were celebrated for their stone, and especially for the granitic rock called Syenite. They furnished the colossal statues, obelisks, and monolithal shrines that are found throughout Egypt, including the pyramids; and the traces of the quarrymen who wrought in these 3,000 years ago are still visible in the native rock.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Temple of Philae (8 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (40 km), Temples of Kalabscha (56 km), Temple of Edfu (98 km), Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (149 km), Temple of Amada (165 km), Temple of Luxor (181 km), Temples of Karnak (182 km), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (185 km), Temple of Dendera (229 km), Temples of Abu Simbel (235 km), Cairo (Egypt) (683 km), Istanbul (Turkey) (1,917 km), Shiraz (Iran) (2,039 km), Isfahan (Iran) (2,065 km), Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (2,081 km), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (2,174 km), Nain (Iran) (2,196 km), Tehran (Iran) (2,196 km), Malta (2,197 km)