We approached the Nubian village from the Nile. The houses were quite different to the Egyptian Houses we’d been used to seeing. These ones were colourful and used curves to great effect.
Vaulted ceilings were common and the houses traditionally were adobe bricks (a brick made from straw or dung that was mixed with water and earth.)
The Nubian people were a separate ethnic race that had its own country prior to the building of the Aswan Dam. They are more closely related to the Sudanese people. On the building of the dam their country was going to be flooded and the Egyptian government offered them Egyptian citizenship which most of the 50,000 residents took up.
The Nubians have been very successful business people and the thing that Roger and I appreciated more than anything else was that they did not harrass you when you past them with their wares for sale on a mat. You could freely look without any pressure. Sadly by the time we had arrived here we were so used to averting our gaze – curving upwards and to the right or left- anywhere we could avoid eye contact that we missed out on interacting with a very gentle people.
We were invited in and found that the curves were as visible on the inside as they had been on the outside.
Domed or vaulted ceilings were common and were adorned with the luxury of a fan.
Curves certainly added interest to our visit to what is known as Old Nubia for in times past Nubians ruled over Egypt. They have come full circle and that itself is just a curve.