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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
January 17, 2008
From journal Frontier of the Pharoahs
November 22, 2005
I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed my time at this museum. It was built by UNESCO and opened fairly recently, in 1997. This museum tells the story of the land of Nubia in southern Egypt and northern Sudan over the past several thousand years. With over 2,000 items exhibited in either excellent display cases or models of Nubian environments, this museum does a much better job of showing the history of Egypt than the National Museum in Cairo.
Usually I find myself glancing over a number of descriptions and information cards at museums, but I found that I read virtually everything in the 3+ hours I spent here. In fact, I still wanted to explore the grounds the museum sat on and had to almost run through it before the gates closed. Along with my wife and friend, we went to this museum during the evening hours. I would recommend going through the grounds first before entering the museum. We certainly did not anticipate to be in it for so long.
From journal The Sands of Time
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 21, 2000
There were also displays about Aswan Dam and the lost archeological sites. Among the temples that have been saved from Lake Nasser waters are those of Debod and Dendur, now in Madrid and New York, respectively, and a third one whose name I forgot. Some like Abu Simbel and Philae were relocated, but many are underwater, probably lost forever.
We spent almost 3 hours there. There was still a bit to see, especially regarding the more recent history of the Nubians, but we were satisfied with what we had been able to see.
Nubia means the "Land of Gold". Once the ancient kingdom of Kush, Nubia stretches from Aswan down to Khartoum in Sudan. Once mercenaries or traders, Nubians still have distinct traditions, architecture and languages. With the construction of the Aswan Dam, when their fertile lands close to the Nile were lost to the lake, many Nubians were relocated elsewhere.
From journal Aswan, past and present
Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium
August 30, 2000
From journal Assalamu Alaikum Egypt