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Aswan is a city in Southern Egypt, and is the capital of the Aswan Governorate. It is located on the east bank of the Nile River just below the First Cataract. The city is a busy market and tourist center that includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine. Aswan is also home to five monuments within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae. These are the Old and Middle Kingdom tombs of Qubbet el-Hawa, the town of Elephantine, the stone quarries and Unfinished Obelisk, the Monastery of St. Simeon Fatimid Cemetery 1. The city’s Nubian Museum is an important archaeological center, containing finds from the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia before the Aswan Dam flooded all of Lower Nubia 1. Aswan is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of craft and folk art 1.

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