Friday, September 11, 2009

Gebel el-Silsila

These tombs are between Comombo And Esna
Taken from wikipedia,

Gebel el-Silsila is 65 km north of Aswan, where the cliffs on both sides of the Nile narrow. The name Kheny (or sometimes Khenu) means "The Place of Rowing". It was used as a quarry site from at least the 18th Dynasty to Greco-Roman times.

On the west bank is a rock cut shrines for Horemheb, Seti I, Ramesses II and Merenptah.

Many of the talatats used by Akhenaten were quarried from here, and used in buildings at Luxor and Amarna. Akhenaten's sculptor Bek oversaw the opening of a stone quarry here.

This is the pylon in Edfu Temple most Temples have two some have three,
also a few of the pylons have been demolished some say the temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
was destroyed by the Pharaos others say by earthquake. most of the stones from the Gebel el-Silsila where used to construct other buildings. but originaly sat inside these huge pylons the smallest is 100 ft high

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ga.farmwoman said...

I found your sites so interesting! I can't wait to come back and see more.
Thank-you for taking time to show things most of us just dream of seeing!