An oval-shaped island in the Nile at Aswan, north of Elephantine Island is the smaller, Kitchener Island (the Island of trees). It is located near the west bank of the Nile. The island is called Kitchener Island because in 1899, Lord Kitchener, during his military campaigns in Sudan, made this island the headquarters for his […]

The area of Nubia is located between Aswan to the north and the city of Debba in Sudan to the south. The word Nubia is said to be derived from the word “Nebo’, referring to the mines of gold which Nubia was famous for in ancient times. Nubia is mainly divided into two parts: lower […]

Kalabsha Temple is another Nubian temple which was part of the rescue operation for monuments threatened by the rising waters of Lake Nasser. The operation sponsored by UNESCO in the 1960s. Its original position was 56km south of Aswan until it was dismantled and moved to the island now called New Kalabsha, just south of the […]

The temple of Dakka, dedicated to Thoth (god of wisdom), it was moved in order to save it from the waters of Lake Nasser. It was moved to site of el-Sebua. The temple was begun by the Arkamani (Nubian) king, some scholars suggesting that it dates back to the reign of Ptolemy II. This is […]

Derr Temple was built during the time of king Ramses II and dedicated to the Ptah, Amon and defied Ramses II. It was constructed in honor of the 30th anniversary of the reign of Rameses II. It is situated in Nubia, on the East bank of the Nile. The Temple of Derr was dismantled in […]

Meharakka Temple was built under the Roman rule. The temple was not finished, but is special because it has the only spiral staircase in any ancient Egyptian structure which leads to its roof. It was dedicated to Serapis, this god was introduced in Egypt in Ptolemaic times. Al-Meharakka is a place in Lower Nubia, situated […]

Tomb of Pennut is located in Aniba, South Aswan, near Amada Temple. This tomb belongs to Pennut, a high official in Lower Nubia, during the reign of Ramses VI; he was overseer of the province of Aniba. He was the viceroy of Kush, also known as “King’s Son of Kush”. The tomb is a rock […]

Kiosk of Kertassi is situated south of Kalabsha temple. It was moved to another place due to the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the construction of the High Dam. It was built during the Greek Roman period. It was dedicated to Goddess Isis. It’s a tiny Roman kiosk with four slender papyrus columns inside, […]

Ibrim Palace is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile, 60 km north-east of Abu Simbel. In the mid of 1970s, it was transformed to an island in the middle of the Nile after building the High Dam, it is considered the only monument that still exist in its original place. On southeastern side, […]

The Arabic name for the locality where this temple stood, Wadi al-Sebua “Valle of the Lions”, is derived from the avenue of sphinxes that led up to the temple. The temple dates to the reign of Ramesses II, and was moved to a new site about four kilometers west of its original position by the […]

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