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Beit El-Wali Beit El-Wali
Photo by Raymon Kondos
© 2009 Your Egypt

Northwest to the Kalabsha temple is a chapel built by Ramesses II cut into the hillside. The chapel, also called "BeitWhat does it mean? El-WaliWhat does it mean?", commemorates the successful military campaigns of Ramesses II.
   
Image 1

It comprises a forecourt, a hall and a sanctuary. The forecourt bear reliefs of the triumphant king; On the left-hand side wall depictions show Ramesses defeating his NubianWhat does it mean? enemies (the KushitesWhat does it mean?), while on the right-hand side wall, Ramesses II's battles against Asiatics and Libyans are recorded. The forecourt was once converted into a church in Christian era.
Three doorways lead to the hall or a small vestibule (see Image 1) whose roof is supported with two columns.

The sanctuary is accessible through a doorway on the back of the hall. This has a nicheWhat does it mean? that used to carry statues of gods (See Image 4). The reliefs here show Ramesses II in the presence of the deities: HorusWho is this deity?, Amun-ReWho is this deity?, SatisWho is this deity?, IsisWho is this deity? and Anukis.

The monument was salvaged and moved from its original location by the Egyptian Antiquities Organization with the aid of the US government.

       
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