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Sand hills of the West Bank Aswan is strewn with rock tombs, where the buried officials of high status, the Ancient and Middle kingdoms. On top of the hill is the domed mausoleum of the Muslim prophet, whose name gave the name to the place, Qubbet el-Hawa, or “Dome of the Winds”.

A steep ascent of stone steps leads to the upper level of the cemetery, where there are about 6 or 7 tombs open to visitors. Excursions usually start from the southern part of the upper level, where you can see the most interesting of them.

These ancient burial places carved out of stone, although not as well preserved as in Luxor or Cairo, but quite interesting. They are excellent examples of texts written in hieroglyphs. In the text that they contain, is informed about a career its owners; they are also scenes from everyday life. Many of the tombs are linked; this is because one was added other cameras for relatives.

In the tomb 25/26 buried father and son, who were Caretakers in Upper Egypt in dynasty VI during the reign of Pepi II. The tomb is carved in the old Kingdom style, with a small obelisk at the entrance.

Great tomb No. 31 belonged to Sarenput II, overseer of the priests of Home and the commander of the garrison in elephantine, who lived during the reign of the XII dynasty king amenemhat II. This grave is one of the best preserved in Aswan. It consists of a large hall with 6 sovershennomudrye columns and gallery surrounded by 6 niches, each of which was mummified statue of a deceased Prince.

In the next tomb is buried the priest and the Chancellor Khunes. On the walls of the tomb are scenes from the daily life of the deceased and his family.

In one of the graves is the remains of Harkhuf, who was the steward of foreign troops during the reign of Pepi I, Merenre and Pepi II in dynasty VI.

The owner of the tomb No. 35 is Pepynakht (also called Heqa-IB), the commander of foreign troops during the reign of Pepi II of dynasty VI. The tomb has a facade with columns, biographical texts and good reliefs that show hunting and bullfights.

The last major tomb on the upper level belongs to the warden and priest of Satis, who lived during the reign of Senwosret I. In the hall with four pillars, has scenes from daily life, boating and biographical text with a finely painted hieroglyphics, but the camera on the back of the tomb there is a “false door”.

At night the whole cemetery lighting and can be seen from all over Aswan.

How to get there:

To reach the Tombs, you need to use the ferry services that goes from the Northern part of the Corniche. Alternatively, you can hire a felucca, which will wait to take back.

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