Gebel El Silsila Temple

The Gebel El Silsila Temple, located near Aswan, was recovered from Lake Nasser, but due to its remote position, it has remained mostly undiscovered by tourists. In addition, unless clients request it, we do not include a visit to this place in our Egypt trip packages. Because of its location; it is not possible to visit the place while on a Nile River cruise.

Every year, millions of tourists travel to Egypt for a variety of reasons. Some want to visit the country’s world-class SCUBA diving spots in the Red Sea; others want to learn about a foreign culture; still others want to enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Nile River; but the overwhelming majority want to explore the country’s many ancient ruins.

One thing to keep in mind is that Egypt has so many attractions that seeing them all in a single short vacation would be nearly impossible. Most tourists also do not desire a tour schedule that is so frenetic that they become psychologically and physically weary. Nile cruise vacations are a great option for people looking for the perfect mix.

What is the name of the main deity of Gebel el Silsila?

Sobek, the god of crocodiles and master of the rivers, is the main deity of Gebel el-Silsila. Silsila lies in the Ancient Egyptian nome of Kom Ombo (or Ombos), which is 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) to the south or upriver from Kom Ombo.

Sandstone quarry from the mountain;

Egyptians went from limestone to sandstone during the 18th Dynasty. At this period, the Gebelein quarries were not producing as much limestone as they had been. Gebel el-Silsila became a sandstone quarry.  The usage of this stone allowed for greater architraves to be used.

Many of Akhenaten’s talatats were quarried here and utilized in Luxor and Amarna constructions. A stele from Akhenaten’s early reign depicts the king making a gift to Amun beneath the winged sun-disk. According to the inscription, the stone was carved for Thebes’ great Benben of Harakhty. The sculptor Bek, who worked under Akhenaten, oversaw the establishment of a stone quarry here.