Kalabishah Travel Guide

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Kalabishah Things to Do

  • The Temple of Mandulis

    The Temple of Mandulis, also referred to as the Temple of Kalabsha, is the main temple in New Kalabsha. It is dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis, the god associated with Horus, and was built at the end of the first century BC during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus. In the 1960s, the temple was moved from its original site, Kalabsha,...

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  • Temple of Beit Wali

    The oldest structure in Kalabsha, the Temple of Beit Wali dates from the time of Ramses II in the 13th century BC (it predates Gerf Hussein by a few years) and is dedicated to the god Amun. This small temple is mostly cut through the cliffs and contains the most beautiful wall decorations with original colours in a remarkably well-preserved state....

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  • Temple of Gerf Hussein

    Known as Per Ptah (House of Ptah) in Ancient Egypt, the Temple of Gerf Hussein was built during the reign Pharaoh Ramses II (13th century BC). Like other temples in Kalabsha, Gerf Hussein was moved from an area now submerged by Lake Nasser further south. For a while, the stones of the temple lay unassembled at its new location, but only recently...

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  • Temple of Mandulis - Interior

    The Temple of Mandulis is made up of an open court leading into a hypostyle hall and further into a multi-chamber inner sanctuary. The court has columned porticos on three sides which open onto small chambers. The columns are topped with the typical Ptolemaic-Roman period floral capitals, and the walls are decorated with various sunken reliefs of...

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  • Views Over Lake Nasser

    One reason to visit Kalabsha from Aswan is to enjoy the breathtaking views over Lake Nasser. It is the world's largest man-made lake, created with the completion of the High Dam in 1972. The lake was formed along the valley of the Nile in the southernmost part of Egypt and extended into northern Sudan. It has enabled Egypt to regulate the...

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  • Soviet-Egyptian Memorial & High Dam

    When visiting Kalabsha, one cannot miss the lotus flower-shaped modern monument seen in the attached photograph. It was built as a memorial to Soviet-Egyptian cooperation in building the High Dam between 1964 and 1972. Although the construction of the High Dam proved a most successful endeavour, there were many consequences. The positives were...

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  • Kiosk of Qertassi

    Dedicated to the goddess Isis, the elegant Kiosk of Qertassi dates from the early Roman period (1st century AD). It was moved from its original location, Wadi Qertassi, further south and reconstructed on New Kalabsha just before the creation of Lake Nasser. It now lies just to the south of the Temple of Mandulis. Six columns of the Kiosk are...

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  • Temple of Mandulis - The Pylon

    An impressive stone walkway leads to the Pylon of the Temple of Mandulis. The Pylon was built in the typical Egyptian-temple style, though largely void of any reliefs. The gateway leads into the court with its columned porticos.

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  • Picnic on Kalabsha

    I noticed the two individuals having a picnic in Kalabsha and thought it was a fantastic idea! I wish I had thought of it myself and brought my own lunch. If you visit Kalabsha during nicer weather (i.e. winter time), then consider bringing a picnic and having lunch there with breathtaking views of Lake Nasser. New Kalabsha is such a peaceful...

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Kalabishah Transportation

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    Kalabsha is about 20-25 minutes south of Aswan by car, and one must arrange for return transportation with the taxi driver. Kalabsha is located just south of the High Dam on a hill that is a peninsula when the water level is low but an island otherwise. Regardless of the time of the year though, one needs to ride a boat to get to the ruins, much like Philae. However, it is a much more pleasant ride due to the lack of tourists. While visiting the Kalabsha ruins is free of charge, one must pay for the boat ride but only after usual negotiation with the captain. Note that a trip to both Philae and Kalabsha could easily be done in the same morning or afternoon.

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