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New KalabshaThe High Dam New Kalabsha
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

The New Kalabasha is on a promontory -now an island- south of the High Dam directly on Lake Nasser.

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The building of the High Dam endangered NubianWhat does it mean? temples in their original sites and if left unmoved, the monuments would have been lost under the waters of the artificial reservoir. As a result some of these monuments were relocated to this site.

The main attraction of the site, the Kalabsha temple, was moved to the current location overlooking the Nasser Lake from its original place at Talmis (Kalabsha).
A then West-German expedition team carried out the saving operation and the transference of the temple in the 1960s to their new site following an appeal sent by Egypt through UNESCO.

Also relocated were a temple of Ramesses II, Beit El-Wali, by a Polish team and the Kiosk of Kertassi by an Egyptian government effort.

Most recently the temple of Gerf Hussein (See Image) was rebuild after been lying unassembled for several decades. It was a tough job that took over 20 months. The temple was built by Ramesses II and was also called the House of PtahWho is this deity?.

Also reconstructed in the island is a chapel built by Thutmose III dedicated to God Dedwen (See Image).

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The temple was originally on the island of Uronarti between the second and third cataractsWhat does it mean? of the Nile.

In the island also is a stelaWhat does it mean? (See Image) that records an expedition of Psamtik II to Nubia in 592 BC (north of Kalabsha temple) and another stela (See Image) marking Seti I's victories (southwest of Kalabsha temple at Dedwen Chapel).

There are also several petroglyphs (rocks) with prehistoric carving featuring elephants, giraffes and gazelles and other animals (See Image).

The island was closed to visitors for several years and after restoration it was opened to public in December 2002. The temple now has a modern dock and new lighting system and a granite path for movement between the attractions of the island.

Kalabsha Temple
Beit El-Wali
Kiosk of Kertassi

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