Kalabsha Temple

Kalabsha Temple

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Kalabsha Temple

Firstly, Kalabsha Temple is located in the city of Kalabsha.
Since the eighteenth century; Kalabsha Temple has been one of the most popular winter resorts for all people in Aswan; which is regarded the most pleasant city on the banks of the Nile River. Plan Egypt excursions should include a visit to Kalabsha Temple, which is a stunning attraction.

Kalabsha Temple dates back to Roman times and was devoted to the Nubian god Mandoulis. Also, It was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus, in addition, succeeding emperors, such as kaligula and Trjan, contributed to its construction.

Also, it was erected on a much older site that comes from the 18th dynasty and most likely dates back to king Thothmosis and Amenhotep II.

The temple is regarded as one of Nubia’s most complete temples.

The Design

The design of Kalabsha Temple is Ptolemaic in style, with pylons, a courtyard, a hypostyle hall, and three rooms. However, the Pylon is offset, creating a trapezoid in the courtyard beyond. It was erected on the site of an earlier edifice built by Ptolemy IX, as attested by a chapel. On Elephantine Island from Kalabsha; there is also a little chapel and gate; and a gate built by Augustus was donated to the Agyptisches Museum in West Berlin.

A staircase leads to the upper levels of the pylon and a nice view of Lake Nassar from either end of the courtyard just within the pylon; which previously had columns on three sides. An etching from Aurelius Besarion (about 249 AD), governor of Ombos and Elephantine; decreeing the removal of pigs from the town for religious motives may be found on the right screened wall that separates the courtyard from the hypostyle hall. The writing of King Kharamadoye is inscribed on a column and is one of the longest Meroitic inscriptions discovered to date.

An inscriptions of the 5th century Nubian King Silko; who vanquished the savage Nubian Blemmyes, is thought to be on one of the end walls. On the screen walls, there are several seances depicting the King with Horus and Thoth. Scenes depicting a Ptolemaic king making value propositions to Isis and Mandulis can be found on the back of the vestibule; as well as Amenhotep II; the founder of the initial temple (1450 to 1425 BC) upon which this one is built; making wine offerings to Min and Mandulis. Once in Aswan, do not miss the opportunity to visit Kalabsha Temple.

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