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Wadi El Seboua Temple in Nubia | Valley of the Lions Aswan

  • 05 16, 2023

Wadi El Seboua Temple in Nubia  

The temple is one of the temples built during the New Kingdom of Egypt's history in Lower Nubia, as it contains a temple for King Ramses II of the 19th dynasty. The temple was built by the Pharaoh Amenhotep the Third and Ramses II restored it.

The temples at Wadi es-Seboua were relocated in the 1960s and added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 as part of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, which also included Abu Simbel, Philae, Amada, and other Nubian archaeological sites.

King Amenhotep III

King Amenhotep III

The temple was saved and moved 4 kilometers north from its original location, in fear that the waters of Lake Nasser would rise and that no damage would happen to it.

In the first part of the temple, there is a room for worship in which there is a rock carved about 6 meters, and opposite it is a brick building and a half-painted hall. It was built to be a temple for the worship of God Amun. During the Amarna rule, Amenhotep III expanded the temple by adding some development work to the structure.

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Around the fifth century A.D., the temple was converted into a Christian church. Some of the drawings from the temple were covered with layers of shellfish to hide the drawings of the ancient Egyptian gods. Unfortunately, this layer preserved the original paintings, especially the Holy of Holies at the innermost of the temple. In the outer courtyard, the face of Amun was covered in Saint Petro's image. When the layers were removed, the drawings showed Ramses II presenting flowers to Saint Peter.

The magnificent Wadi El Seboua Temple
The temple, which honors Ramses II, is remarkable for its sandstone constructions, enormous pylons, and detailed reliefs. Massive statues of Ramses II seated on his throne adorn the facade, welcoming onlookers to this breathtaking location.

The Temple of Dakka is located close to Wadi El-Seboua. It was constructed in the third century BC, during the Ptolemaic era.
The enormous and remarkably preserved pylon that still stands at this location makes it noteworthy. You can ascend to the top of the pylon for breathtaking views of the surroundings, which include the lake in one direction and the desert in the other.

You can visit the temple during the Egypt Nile Cruise and Lake Nasser Cruise.


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Egypt Tours FAQ

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Aswan is the main destination in Egypt that is full of unique tourist attractions, and it also has transportation to all governorates of Egypt. If you want to travel somewhere near Aswan, then the day tours in Safaga and should be your destination. Whereas if you are considering Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, or Sharm El Sheikh excursions, it will take time. You can travel by train or flight to save time.

On Lake Nasser's eastern shore is where you'll find Wadi al-Sebua.  50 miles from the High Dam and 150 km from Aswan.  The temple still stands today, however it was relocated 4 kilometres from its original site.

The beautiful Great Temple, a monument to the splendor of ancient Egyptian architecture, is located in the center of Wadi El Seboua. The temple, which is devoted to Ramses II, features remarkable sandstone constructions, sizable pylons, and artistic reliefs. Massive statues of Ramses II seated on his throne adorn the front, inviting tourists to this breathtaking location.

In Aswan, there is a place by the river where you can borrow a boat called a felucca to enjoy the best view of the Nile. Sometimes, you can also ask for a local person to drive the boat for a nice and relaxing ride.

Without a doubt! A popular activity in Aswan is sailing on the Nile River in a felucca. A leisurely sail down the Nile lets you take in the picturesque scenery and peaceful ambiance. Feluccas are traditional sailboats.

Without a doubt! A popular activity in Aswan is sailing on the Nile River in a felucca. A leisurely sail down the Nile lets you take in the picturesque scenery and peaceful ambiance. Feluccas are traditional sailboats.

Yes, it is possible to take trips to the Wadi al-Sibua Temple in Nubia. One of Aswan's important monuments is the Wadi al-Sibua Temple, located on the east bank of the Nile River, near the border between Egypt and Sudan.

Built-in honor of the goddess Isis during the early ages of the pharaohs, the entire temple was moved from its original site to a new location after the construction of the Aswan Dam in the 20th century. The temple is an important archaeological site and a tourist attraction for visitors who want to explore the history of Nubia and Pharaonic civilization.

We organize day trips or short trips to Wadi El Seboua Temple, where visitors can explore the magnificent architectural structure and the beautiful Pharaonic inscriptions found inside the temple. Visitors can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Nile River and the surrounding area during the trip.

The Valley of the Lions (so-called because of the road of rams in the temple's entrance edifice) is the site of two Neolithic Egyptian temples. The first temple was built by the Eighteenth Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III and was later restored by Ramses II. In its first phase, the temple consisted of a rock shelter (about 3 meters by 2 meters) in front of a brick edifice, a hall and a hall partially painted with frescoes.


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