Kalabsha Temple

The temple is considered the largest preserved temple in Nubia. The structure of the temple was like the classical structure of the Ptolemaic temples. There is a chapel suggests to be built on the site of an earlier structure created by Ptolemy 11th.
Kalabsha Temple at Elephantine Island
Kalabsha Temple at Elephantine Island

Located within view of the High Dam, Kalabsha Temple is often the first stop for any cruise on Lake Nasser. It was moved to this spot from its originally location 30 miles to the south after the construction of the dam.


Construction of the temple was begun at the end of the Ptolomaic Dynasty and actually completed under the rule of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The result is an interesting combination of imagery that includes Egyptian and Roman themes with images of Roman emperors and pharaohs worshipping with the Egyptian gods. The temple was dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis.

It has a large pylon, which is connected to the rest of the complex by a wall, creating a closed space. There are stairs to the roof, offering a great view of the lake and back up to the High Dam.
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