Temple of Beit El Wali | Ramses II Temple in Old Nubia



Beit El Wali in Lower Nubia is one of the oldest temples built by Ramses II as a form of control over the region of Nuba, and like the rest of the temples of Ramses II, was carved directly into the rock, except that it was not in its original place, so it was saved from the waters of Lake Nasser, and now south of the Temple of Kalabsha.


Temple of Beit El Wali 

The Temple of Beit El Wali was moved near the Kalabsha temple, south of the High Dam, in cooperation with Polish archaeologists and supported by the Swiss Institute.
The Beit Al Wali Temple is distinguished by its presence carved into the rock, as it was the first in a series of temples that Ramses II built in the old Nuba area.

The Nubian temples established by Ramses II are part of a state-sponsored policy aimed at maintaining control of the country during the period of the New Kingdom in Egypt, and until that time there are clear inscriptions but unfortunately, important inscriptions have been removed, as they are located near the middle of the southern wall inscriptions that he drew Ramses II is preparing to gather his army personnel to fight a war against the Nubians.

Ramses II Temple in Old Nubia

King Ramses II lived for 91 years and ruled for almost seven decades, characterizing an era with important political and artistic changes that left an indelible mark on the country. When Ramses II died, he was buried in the Valley of the Kings, after the rites of mummification were celebrated. In the tomb were placed the precious sarcophagi and the funeral equipment which, according to the ancient Egyptian religion, would have accompanied the deceased sovereign in the afterlife.

Beit El Wali Temple is included in most of the Lake Nasser cruise tours that sail from Aswan to Lake Nasser because it is located near the Kalabsha temple.

Kalabsha Temple in Aswan

Kalabsha Temple in Aswan

 

Other nearby ancient historical sites, which are near the Beit Al Wali Temple, include the Kalabsha Temple and the Kirtassi Kiosks. It was established during the Roman era in Egypt. Usually, all these sights are visited together as part unique 5-star luxury Lake Nasser cruise, or by renting a boat from Aswan to explore these wonderful formations for Egypt day tours.

 

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