The Temple of Kalabsha (also Temple of Mandulis) an ancient Egyptian temple located in Egypt. Egypt is home to some of the most beautiful and ancient temples in the world. One of the famous temples is Kalabsha, located in the village of the same name in Upper Egypt. The temple was built during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II and is dedicated to the sun god Amun-Ra. Despite its remote location, Kalabsha is one of the most popular tourist destinations in our Egypt tours. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Kalabsha temple, from how to get there to what to expect during your Egypt travel packages.
One of attractions in Aswan tourist destinations is Kalabsha Temple. The temple is built in a distinctive style that blends Nubian and Egyptian design. Ramses II is commemorated with two colossal sculptures that line the temple's main entrance. Inside the complex, there are a number of smaller temples and chapels.
Learn about the significance of the Kalabsha temple to visitors by taking one of our Egypt Classic tours. To put it another way, because of its placement in a military area, the temple was closed to visitors for a very long time. But it didn't reopen to the public until 2016. Our Egypt Luxury tours now allow visitors to see this magnificent temple complex and discover its fascinating history.
Kalabsha located at Bab al-Kalabsha (Gate of Kalabsha), approximately 50 km south of Aswan.
There are several ways to get to Kalabsha Temple in Aswan. By car, the temple is located about 3 kilometers south of the Luxor Temple complex. You can take advantage of the opportunity and check our Luxor day tours to explore the most amazing attractions in Luxor Shuck as: the valley of the kings.There are many taxi and bus services that can take you there. If you are staying in a hotel in Aswan, you can ask the concierge to arrange an amazing Egypt day tours or transportation for you.
Kalabsha temple is actually two temples in one, with the smaller temple inside the larger one. The smaller temple was built first, around 30 BC, and dedicated to many Egyptian mythology stories such as Isis and Osiris. The larger temple was built about 200 years later and dedicated to the sun god, Re-Horakhty.
The most striking feature of Kalabsha Temple is its huge pylon, which is decorated with reliefs of Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. The entrance to the temple is through a small gate in the pylon, which leads into a courtyard lined with columns. On the left side of the courtyard is the smaller temple of Isis and Osiris; on the right side is a chapel dedicated to Khonsu, god of moonlight. All this architectural information you will get to know during your Egypt Classic tours.
Beyond the courtyard is a second pylon, also decorated with reliefs of Roman emperors making offerings to facts about pharaohs. Beyond this pylon is a large open court that was once used for festivals and public ceremonies. On the left side of this court is another chapel dedicated to Isis; on the right side is a shrine dedicated to Horus, son of Isis and Osiris. At the back of this court are two more chapels, one dedicated to Ptah (god of craftsmen) and one dedicated to Amun-Re (king of the gods).
At the far end of this court is another gate that leads into an inner sanctum where only priests were allowed. Don't miss your time in Aswan and take a day to visit philae temple, high dam and unfinished obelisk, you will discover the customs of the Nubian people and the most important landmarks in Aswan, such as the High Dam. Aswan day tours are among the best Egypt tours available.
Visiting the Kalabsha Temple in Aswan is a great way to learn about ancient Egyptian history and culture. The temple is well preserved and the staff is very knowledgeable about its history. We recommend you allow at least two hours for your visit so that you can explore the greatness of this temple with our Egypt travel packages.
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