Visit Aswan the most beautiful cities on the banks of the Nile River, as it is the most favorite winter resort for all people since the nineteenth century. Choose from the wide selections of Egypt Holidays and Aswan Tours with Shaspo Tours.
It is located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and, together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British between 1898 and 1902`, 6km down river, wonderful views for visitors. From the top of the two Mile long High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nassar, the huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.
The building of the high Dam began on 9th of January 1960 and was opened in the spring of 1971. This gigantic building is 111m tall, 3.5Km in length and about 1Km wide! It has a Hydro-electric plant, with 6 turbines, capable of producing 2.1 million kilowatts
The Aswan High Dam was a magnificent project. In fact it was one of the most important achievements of the last century in Egypt, for many years symbolizing the New Era after 1952. Today it provides Egypt with water and electricity, and secures the country from the risk of the destructive immersion of the River Nile. As a result of its construction, a great lake was formed “Lake Nasser”, which is the world’s largest man-made lake, It is about 10 km wide in some places, and 500km long. It extends between Egypt and The Sudan. This lake also has an immense fish population, which is commercially exploited. The water rising caused the damage, and loss, of so many of the Nubian monuments, great efforts were made by the Egyptian Government, aided by UNESCO and other countries, to save the most important monuments of Nubia.