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Gebel el-Silsila, Egypt - A Totally Stunning Place to See on Nile River Cruise

Gebel el-Silsila, Egypt -
A Totally Stunning Place to See on Nile River Cruise

 

Gebel el-Silsila is an absolutely stunning place not to be missed.

It is located on both east and west banks of the River Nile between Kom Ombo and Edfu.

If your Nile River Cruise ship does not stop at Gebel el-Silsia, then make sure to head to the top deck to capture some of these amazing sights!

 

 

Quarries of Gebel el-Silsila

 

The River Nile narrows at Gebel el-Silsila significantly and it’s banks become steep cliffs.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

It is an important passage because it marks the the point at which the underlying bedrock changes from limestone to sandstone.

From the New Kingdom till Greco-Roman times, huge quantities of sandstone were quarried here.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

The sandstone from Gebel el-Silsila was used to erect the colonnade of Amenhotep III at Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple of Amenhotep IV, the Ramesseum, the Medinet Habu, and many more great monuments.

Moreover, Gebel el-Silsila was an important place of worship. Each year, at the beginning of the season of inundation, pilgrims came to Gebel el-Silsila to make offerings and sacrifices to different gods to ensure a prosperous year.

 

The Egyptian year was divided into the three seasons of Akhet (Inundation), Peret (Growth), and Shemu (Harvest). Akhet covered the Egyptian flood cycle.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Religious Importance of Gebel el-Silsia

 

Since, Gebel el-Silsila was of such religious importance, you can still see today the remnants of many shrines, temples, tombs, and stelae.

 

 

Furthermore, most of the monuments were cut directly into the cliff-face.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

In addition, Gebel el-Silsila has hundreds of reliefs etched into the rocky cliffs.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

The shrines belonged to high officials, priests, royal scribes and nobles of the time.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

If you are able to tour the place, you will get to see some of the chapels that still contain the remnants of the statues of the owners.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

Image Credit: Horus3 via Flickr

 

Some shrines still show the original colors and have beautifully decorated ceilings and walls.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

Image Credit: Horus3 via Flickr

 

 

The Speos Of Horemheb at Gebel el-Silsila

 

The Speos Of Horemheb is one of the places not to be missed. It was built by Horemheb, the last pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty and dedicated to Amun.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

 

Speos – (Archaeology) (esp in ancient Egypt) a temple or tomb cut into a rock face

Source: The Free Dictionary

 

The Speos of Horemheb is a rock-cut temple. It has five openings formed by four pillars.  The openings lead to a narrow hall that ends with a small sanctuary.

The sanctuary is of special interest. It displays the rock-carved images of the 7 deities Amun, Mut, Khonsu, Sobek, Taweret, Thoth and the Pharaoh Horemheb himself.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

The walls and the ceilings of the speos are covered in reliefs and inscriptions.

 

Gebel el-Silsila

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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