Nubian Museum

Nubian Museum Opened in 1997, the Nubian Museum is a belated but well-executed,

Nubian Museumtribute to the culture and influence of Nubia and the Nubian people on the history of Egypt.

This ancient culture, every bit as old as that of Ancient Egypt, existed along the

banks of the Nile for millennia in the areas we call southern Egypt and northern Sudan today.

It nearly destroyed by the construction of the High Dam, completely

submerging the ancient heartland of Nubia, and over 100,000 people to relocate.

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The museum houses a collection of artifacts from the Nubia region,

which tell the story of the development of civilization in the southern

Nile Valley from prehistory all the way through the pharaonic ages,

the arrival of Christianity and Islam, and the construction of the dam in the 1960s.

The plight of the Nubia people highly politicized issue. In the rush to develop

the country in the 1950s and ’60s, the Egyptian government did not provide

adequate compensation or sufficient planning to resettle the people

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whose livelihoods affected by projects like the High Dam.

The preservation of Nubia’s cultural legacy equally neglected. International

organizations came in to move some of the most famous monuments of Nubia

to high ground, like the Abu Simbel temples. Others  dismantled and shipped

abroad as compensation for aiding this effort. The Dendar Temple that now

stands in the New York Metropolitan Museum one such gifted Nubian monument.

The Nubian Museum intended to help rectify this injustice. While

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that may not be possible, especially since it still makes no mention of the

consequences of the dam for the Nubian people, it very effective at telling

the story of the region and providing a glimpse of the culture that continues to exist here.

Reconstructions of traditional Nubian houses with artwork salvaged from

areas that now underwater particularly striking.

The museum near the Fatimid Cemetery, which is full of small mausoleums

dating from the 9th century. Some of the tombs here belong to local saints

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and they decorated accordingly with flags and often visited by local people

seeking blessings. The cemetery stands next to the ancient granite quarry

the Unfinished Obelisk is located. At nearly 140 feet long,

it would have been the largest obelisk ever carved by the ancient Egyptians.

It completely finished on three sides but left attached to the bedrock

when a flaw in the stone discovered. Visit these two sites along with

it make for a great day of activities all located within a small area to minimize walking.

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