August 17, 2013

Monuments of Nubia

Monuments of Nubia
reconstructed near the High Dam (Aswan)
The site chosen for the reconstruction of four monuments from Nubia, on the western bank of the Nile, was supposed to remain as a part of the mainland. The waters of the High Dam Lake, however, have risen higher than expected, and now surround the site. This makes it unapproachable except by launch via the High Dam port, and permission to visit the site is a lengthy affair. It is hoped that the plans to build a bridge and a new road will go ahead soon, as the site is well worth seeing.

Monuments of Nubia
Apart from the Temple of Kalabsha, which is the largest on the site, are the Temple of Beit el Wali, the delightful Kiosk of Kertassi, some blocks with painted reliefs from the Ramesside era, extracted from the rock-hewn Temple of Gerf Hussein, and some pre- dynastic rock drawings of elephants, saved before the inundation of Nubia. The latter (the blocks from Gerf Hussein, which await reconstruction, and the rock drawings) unfortunately lie unprotected in the searing heat of Aswan.

Monuments of Nubia


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