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Nubian Museum
Aswan and surrounding
Architecture,  Unusual places,  Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions,  Monuments, Sculptures
Unusual places, 
Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

The name of the territory of Nubia comes from the word nub, which can be translated as gold from the ancient Egyptian language. And it proves itself. The whole world was trying to save its treasures in the 1960s when they could be demolished by the Aswan Dam. Thanks to the active actions of UNESCO and the funds of many European countries, thousands of priceless artifacts of ancient Nubia have been preserved. Today, they are keeping in the modern Nubian Museum.

The building has an area of 7 thousand square meters. It was built by the famous architect Mahmoud El-Hakim in Aswan in 1997. Today, this fine example of traditional Nubian architecture, with pink marble floors and carved wooden ceilings, has one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Its collections are arranged in chronological order, from prehistoric times, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Coptic, and Islamic periods to the present day. Here, you can see cave drawings of the Stone Age, the first iron tools, bird-shell dishes, ancient cosmetics, death masks, and amulets. Egyptian stone sarcophagi and statues of rulers, including the eight-meter-high figure of Ramesses II King of Egypt, are of particular interest. The exposition of the spread of Christianity in Nubia is presented by fragments of frescoes with biblical subjects and objects of sacred art. The collection of edged weapons and perfectly preserved traditional costumes tell about the Islamic period. The central place in the museum belongs to the jewelry of the I-IV centuries. Among the exhibits, you can find golden crowns of Numidian Kings with various gems. There are also numerous jewelry and household items made of gold and silver, discovered during excavations of the tombs of the pharaohs, the rulers of the heyday of Egypt.

Part of the collection was donated by the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and the total fund of the Nubian Museum has more than 3000 valuable rare exhibits.

Address: Assuan, Sheyakhah Oula, Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate

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