Luxor, Edfu & Kom Ombo, Album 1

 
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One of 2 'Colossi of Memnon' depicting Amenhotep III (c1375BC), West Bank, Thebes

Egyptian village on the West Bank. Donkeys are used to pull little carts or are ridden, carrying the most amazing amounts!

The terraced memorial Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Dayr Al-Bahari, West Bank (c1450BC)

Gateway in the Upper Terrace of Hatshepsut's Temple

Queen Hatshepsut herself. When she became Queen, she was usually portrayed as a man, including the false beard worn by Kings.

Looking over the Nile from the East Bank to Hatshepsut's Temple, which shows clearly in the barren hills.

Medinat Habu, Memorial Temple of Ramases III - 1st pylon showing the huge figure of Rameses smiting his enemies (he holds them all by the hair).

Medinat Habu - 3000 year old painted relief of Rameses III making offerings to various gods

We went on a Sunrise Balloon trip over the West Bank. Apart from the 5a.m. start, it was a fantastic experience!

The separation between fertile land and desert is a definite line.

In the centre of the photo you can clearly see a large unexcavated temple still in the sand.

What a wonderful view of the temple of Medinat Habu!

The first rays of the sun catch the rugged hills of the West Bank ...

... and silhouette the other balloons drifting over the Nile.

The Temple at Edfu. It is Ptolemeic, and work began here in August 237 BC

2 statues of the falcon god Horus guard the entry to the temple.

The King makes offerings to the god Horus - the offering table at his feet is not as groaning with offerings as some that we saw!

Just look at the detail on these reliefs!

Kom Ombo temple is also Ptolemaic. It has an unusual symmetrical design, and is dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and to Horus.

Even the entryway is dual, with 2 carvings of Nekbet, the vulture god, above.

On the one side of the temple Sobek, the crocodile god, is depicted ...

... while on the other side we find Horus, the falcon.

A purification rite being performed by Thoth and Horus.

Various gods, including Horus and Sobek

The scratch marks on the blocks in the foreground are from poeple in ancient times scraping away the sacred stone to keep.

An Egyptian village. Their huts are still made of mud bricks, as they were in ancient times, with reed roofs ...

the only difference is that now almost every one has a satellite dish on the top!!!

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