After all my trip in Egypt sharing with my friends, it was time for me to be alone and enjoy a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. 3 nights with just a view to the Nile River. Yeah, is something amazing. You must do this cruise if you are planning on going to this place.
The cruise was a five stars. Sealing during three days, visiting the most important temples in Egypt and ending in the beautiful Aswan.
First stop was in the city of Edfu. We stopped the boat to visit the temple of Horus. One of the best preserved temples in Egypt and the second bigger after Karnak. That day was really hot and of course in the south of this country is even worse. This temple has very high walls where you can see the hieroglyphs so clearly. Horus all over the place. Inscriptions on its walls provide important information about language, mythology and religion during the Greco-Roman world in ancient Egypt. If you read my blog before then you know that I love Egyptology, so being in such a mythical place as this was another dream come true.
The second stop was in Kom Ombo. The construction is unique due to its double design, which means that there were accesses, courtyards, halls, chapels and duplicate sanctuaries for two gods: Sobek and Haroeris. And with a great view to the Nile. I would love to understand any of the hieroglyphs on its wall. Cause there were many of them. Many parts of the temple have been destroyed by the action of the Nile, earthquakes, and even used their stones for other later constructions. I enjoy a beautiful sunset overlooking the temple and the Nile River.
And this was the day that I was expecting my whole life. No pyramids. No Nile River. Just wanted to see those enormous statues in Abu Simbel temples. I can’t even describe with words what you feel inside and outside this place. There is so much history. There is also a special energy around.
There are two temple. The temples were excavated in the rock during the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II, as a monument dedicated to this pharaoh and his wife Nefertari, to commemorate his supposed victory in the battle of Kadesh and to show his power to the Nubians.
The complex was relocated on an artificial hill, built on nearby land located above the level of the Lake Nasser. The transfer of the temples was necessary to avoid that they were submerged, after the construction of the dam of Aswan. Was also declared Patrimony of the Humanity by Unesco. The complex consists of two temples. The greatest of them is dedicated to Ra, Ptah and Amon, the three state deities of Ancient Egypt; and houses four colossal statues of Ramses II carved into the rock of the facade. The minor temple is dedicated to Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses. The facade of the temple is 33 meters high. So now you can imagine how big this is. All the statues represent Rameses II, seated in a throne. Each one is about twenty meters high. And I will tell you something amazing about this temple. The temple was built with such orientation that on 21 October and 21 February the sun’s rays penetrate to the sanctuary, located at the bottom of the temple, and illuminate three of the four sedentary statues, except for the statue of the god Ptah, the god related to the underworld, who always remained in gloom. So you should go to this place during this dates if you want to see something incredible.
I stayed there for an hour admiring these huge temples. I still cannot believe how lucky I was to be there.
Philae is the name of an Island in the Nile River near Aswan. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. I think you already know about the history of this family. The temple at Philae was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in. Fortunately the temple was rescued by a joint operation between the Egyptian government and UNESCO.
It was time of ending my trip around Egypt and coming back for just one day to Cairo. Where something special and not expected was about to succeed me.