Monday, March 22, 2010

Photo for Today - Temple of Kalabsha

The Temple of Kalabsha with the Kiosk of Qertassi in the foreground
New Kalabsha Island, near Aswan

Pylon, Temple of Kalabsha

Kalabsha is the biggest of the Nubian Temples after Abu Simbel.
It was originally located at Talamis, which has been submerged by
the waters of Lake Nasser.
It is a Roman period temple built during the reign of Augustus and was dedicated to
Nubian deity Mandulis/Merwel, who is usually shown as a human
crown composed of ram's horns, plumes and sun disks. He is also shown
in the temple as a falcon with a man's head.
It was divided into 13,000 blocks for its removal to the island of New
Kalabsha, which it shares with other re-homed monuments.

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