Monthly Archives: March 2015

Visit the High Dam at Aswan on a Nile Cruise

The High Dam at Aswan was built between 1960 and 1970, and had reached full capacity by 1976. The dam is 3,830 metres long, 980 metres wide at the base and 40 metres wide at the top, and 111 metres … Continue reading

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Visit the Temple of Philae near Aswan on a Nile Cruise

The temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, has one of the best Ptolemaic temples in Egypt. However, after the construction of the old dam in 1904, for much of the year the temple was under water, and could only been … Continue reading

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Visit the Temple of Khnum at Esna on a Nile Cruise

The Temple of Khnum, the ram-headed god of the annual flood, is situated at Esna, and a visit will often, but not always, be included on a Nile cruise. Due to the accumulation of silt from the Nile since the … Continue reading

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Visit the Temples of Sobek & Horus at Kom Ombo on the Nile

Kom Ombo is the site of a double temple, and is situated at the side of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temples were dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus the Elder, the falcon god. Sobek was … Continue reading

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Visit the Temple of Luxor while on a Nile Cruise

Luxor was originally known as Thebes, and was the capital of the Egyptian Kingdom for centuries. The god Amun, part of a triad which included Mut and Khonsu, was worshipped here, and the temple was the venue for the annual … Continue reading

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Visit the Temple of Karnak in Luxor on a Nile Cruise

Situated about 3km from Luxor, on the East Bank of the Nile, the Temple of Karnak is actually a large complex of three main temples, dedicated to Amun (aka Amun-Re, Amon or Amen) Montu and Mut. The great temple of … Continue reading

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Visit Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple on a Nile Cruise

The great mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut is situated at Deir el-Bahari, which is on the west bank of the Nile, and not far from the Valley of the Kings. It is one of my favourite temples to visit in … Continue reading

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Visit the Colossi of Memnon on a Nile Cruise

The Colossi of Memnon are situated on the West Bank of the Nile, close to Medinet Habu. These two massive statues mark the location where King Amenhotep III’s memorial temple, known today as Kom el-Heitan, was situated. The statues are … Continue reading

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Visit the Valley of the Kings on a Nile Cruise

Situated on the west bank of the Nile, the Valley of the Kings is now a World Heritage Site. Many Egyptologists believe that Thutmose I wanted his tomb away from the temple, and in a secret place, so his architect, … Continue reading

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