Karnak The Magnificent

Larger Than Life

The great hypostyle hall, Karnak Temple, El-Karnak, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

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One Word Sunday: Giant

Rescued Giants

Temple of Nefertari, Abu Simbel, Egypt

The Temple of Nefertari is one of two massive 13th-century BCE rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia, part of southern Egypt. They are dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II  and his favorite wife, Nefertari, whose giant relief  images decorate the of the temple, and commemorate the Pharoah’s victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Neferatri wasn’t granted equal status on the temple dedicated to Ramses II, who had an inflated ego based upon the number of representations of himself he commissioned.

Abu Simbel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Nubian Monuments.”  Between 1960 and 1980, through the use of international campaign, 19 temples or monuments were rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after construction of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. The monuments were dismantled, carved up and moved to other sites. Fifteen were reassembled in six groups along the shores of the lake; Egypt donated four temples to countries whose efforts had greatly contributed to the success of the salvage and rescue operation. Between 1964 and 1968, Abu Simbel was cut into blocks, dismantled and relocated to a location 65 meters higher than its original location on the western bank of the Nile River.

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K’lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Guess What This Is

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Alabaster canoptic jars from King Tut’s Tomb.

To read more about King Tut’s canoptic shrine click here

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Thursday’s Special: Zoom In/Zoom Out

Zooming in on Isis

Roman shrine to the Goddess Isis, Luxor, Egypt. The restored shrine is near the first pylon of the Temple of Luxor and adjacent to the Avenue of the Sphinxes.

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Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – Sepia

Stone In Sepia

Relief Carving, Temple at Edfu, Egypt

Join Jennifer’s Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola, a 4 month (January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018) blogging challenge event. Each day has a new color theme based on a past or current crayon color in Crayola’s box of 120 crayons.

Musee Lapidaire, Avignon

I left the sun behind in Aix with a short train journey to Avignon, the city of popes. I visited the Musee Lapidaire, which exhibits Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Gaulish, sculpture, glassware, and ceramics. The museum, part of the Musee Calvert, is located in a 16th century Jesuit church. It is an excellent example of building reuse.

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