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 temple was built many hundreds of years ago, it is about 9 metres below street level. A lot of excavation work has been done though, and the temple is in a well preserved condition and is more or less intact.
The hypostyle hall measures 18 metres by 33 metres, and it contains 24 columns, each of which is 13.5 metres high. The tops of the columns have a variety of sculpted floral motifs.
Although I didn’t visit the temple of Khnum when I was on the Nile in 2014, I did visit it in 2011, and the pictures below were taken by me. If you would like further details about any of the Nile cruise excursions, or if you would like to book your own Nile cruise, just call EgyptIan at Nile Cruises with GoCruise, on 01455821770 or 08002922850.