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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A Photo A Week: Lights At Night

Temple Night Lights

Interior Rooms, Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt

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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.

Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – Yellow and Cerulean

Ancient Colors

Painted relief, interior, Temple of Beit el Wali

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Exotic

Holy Cow

Holy Cow, Kataragama, Sri Lanka

Kataragama is located in southern Sri Lanka. It is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. This cow was wandering through the Kataragama temple complex.

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CB&WC: Walls

Gods, Pharaohs, and Hieroglyphs

Intersecting walls at Edfu Temple, Edfu, Egypt

King Ptolemy VIII making an offering to the Goddess Hathor and the God Horus. Relief carving on the wall of the ambulatory surrounding the sanctuary of the Temple of Edfu. Construction of the temple began in 237 BCE and continued until about 57 BCE.  The architecture combines traditional Egyptian elements with Greek influences. It is dedicated to the cult of a triad of Gods: Horus of Behdet, his wife Hathor and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy.

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