Overview: unique origins of Nubia museum in Aswan



Tue, 25 Jul 2017 - 09:38 GMT


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 - 09:38 GMT

Nubia Museum in Aswan -  via wikimedia common

Nubia Museum in Aswan - via wikimedia common

CAIRO – 25 July 2017: Established in 1997, the Nubia Museum in Aswan is a unique portrayal of an array of Nubian heritage that has been preserved over the past decades. Egypt Today sheds light on this exceptional heritage solely presented on Egyptian grounds.

The museum was built following the Egyptian government's rapid appeal to UNESCO to save Nubian heritage and artifacts that were threatened to be damaged by the rising waters amid the construction of the High Dam in Aswan, back in the 1960’s; as a result an international intervention had taken place to save hundreds of sites.

Among the saved heritage were tombs, temples, and settlements, among other museums that were built on high grounds. Designed by late architect Mahmoud El- Hakim, the museum depicts special Nubian architecture and has won the Agha-Khan Award of Architecture in 2001.

Located 400 meters away from the southern end of the Chornich and 20 minutes walking from downtown Aswan, the museum features a theater for hosting local and international music and dance performances surrounded by palm trees, water- falls, and natural rocks, as according to the museum's official website.

The museum has recently experienced a theft attempt according to a statement by Director General of Nubia Antiquities Mahrous Saeed who stated that the theft occurred on Sunday.

Three people were lurking around the museum’s halls and attempted to rob a statue depicting the goddess Isis, who was breast-feeding her son Horus, yet thankfully they were thwarted.

The Nubia Museum in Aswan features a divine collection of monuments and 3,000 objects that showcases the history of Nubia and it's magnificent culture.



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