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Nubia Temples Still Remain in Figurative Quarantine

Antiquity News for June 11th 2001

By Amargi Hillier

(Nubia) Thirty-seven years ago the Nubian temples were saved from almost drowning in Lake Nasser when the Aswan High Dam was being constructed. The monuments were moved away from their original location. Fourteen temples were saved, which now extend from the South of the Aswan Dam to Abu Simbel City.

The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, and Dr. Gaballah Ali Gaballah, head of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, decided to relieve these temples from visitor absence. A meeting last year between the Ministers of Culture, Tourism and Infrastructure took place to link this area with the Aswan/Abu Simbel Road. A sum of 21,000,000 LE was invested to build this road of 170 km in length.

Renovations also took place to make these sites ready to receive tourists. Nile docks were planned so that floating hotels could travel between Aswan and Abu Simbel.

Unfortunately, the docks have not been built yet and tourists find it hard to visit these areas of Amada and El-Saboa. Thus only a small number of tourists are currently visiting these important historical monuments. Also, the road that costs 21 million LE to build is rarely used by anyone because tourist groups are not allowed to visit these areas except by official pass. Thus the Nubian temples will remain in figurative quarantine from the eyes of visitors and tourists until the logistics issue of visiting these sites is resolved.

The temples are as follows:

Dahbour Temple - built in the first half of 3rd century BC for Amoum

Tafa Temple - containing two temples from the Roman Empire

Bat El-Waily Temple - from the time of Ramses II and was built for AmunRa

Kalapsha Temple - which is one of the largest temples in Nubia and was constructed during the time of Emperor Augustus

Dandur Temple small temple built by the Emperor Augustus and now residing in the Metropolitan Museum in New York

Garf Hussein Temple - built by Stow, the vice-King between the year 35 and 50 during Ramses II reign

El Dakka Temple - built by numerous Baltic and Roman emperors

Koban Fortress - built at the time of Cenocert I during the 12th family era

Amda Temple - built in the time of Tutmose III and Amen Hotep II to worship AmunRa.

El Saboa Valley - holds two temples built in the modern time of the ancient Egyptians

El Darr Area - contains one temple carved in stone built by Ramses II

Abu Simbel - one of the biggest and largest stone temples

Al Lee Seyah Temple - built in the year 43 of Tutmose III ruling

Elephantine Temples - placed in two locations. The first location in the valley of Saboa. And the other area is Amada, which contains temples of Amada, Darr and Makbara.