Tour to Wadi es Sebua and Kalabsha temples from ancient Nubia in Egypt
December 23rd and 24th, 2009
Today we visit the beautiful temple of Wadi es Sebua, in the middle of Sahara desert, dedicated to Ramesses II. The ship arrives in Aswan the following day where, just before the High Dam, there are the relocated temples of Kalabasha and Beit El Wali.
Pictures of the pharaonic temple of Wadi es Sebua. As for the other temples located in southern Egypt, or Nubia, it was relocated here to save it from Nasser lake 's waters.
Sphynx with traditional lion head or lion and hawk.
Hawk headed sphynx.
Inside the Wadi es Sebua temple and the sanctuary (sacred room). The paintings explain the social, political and religious life of the ancient egyptians.
Outside the Wadi es Sebua temple, camels wait to transfer tourists to the next site, about one kilometer away. But, I prefer to walk to better enjoy the beautiful Sahara landscape all around.
Pictures of Dakka temple, started by king Ergamenes and completed on 205 b.b. by Ptolemy IV Philopator.
Pictures of Sahara desert and lake Nasser, where the archaeological complex of Wadi el Sebua is located.
Maharraqa (or Maharraka, or Muharraka) is a building made by romans (or, perhaps, just modified by romans) during their Egypt domination.
The next day, the cruise ship reaches the "end of the world", where lake Nasser finishes, blocked by Aswan High Dam.
Just before the High Dam, there is the Kalabsha temple (left picture), originally placed about 66 kilometers away, and the Qertassi kiosk (right picture).
Pictures of Kalabsha temple, built by XVIII dynasty, but heavily modified by romans during their domination of Egypt.
Left picture: representation of purification ceremony, before entering the sacred temple. Right picture: the sanctuary, or sacred room.
The Beit el Wali temple was re-positioned near Kalabsha temple. In this relif, along the temple's entrance, there is Ramesses II who is symbolically killing enemies (Nubians) by his horse.
Pictures of Beit el Wali temple, with the sanctuary and paintings.
This painting shows Ramesses II killing an enemy.
Nice bats below the temple's roof.
Sunset on lake Nasser.
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