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Kiosk of Kertassi Kiosk of Kertassi
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

It lies to the south of the Kalabsha temple. This was also moved with the temple of Kalabsha to its current location.

The building of this kioskWhat does it mean? goes back to the Greco-Roman era. Two HathorWho is this deity?-capped columns flank the entrance. The rest are an architraveWhat does it mean? with 4 columns; 2 connected with the other 2 with a crossbeam. The capitals of the columns contain fine carvings of date palms and grape vines.

The monument is so romantic and inspiring. Maxime du Camp (1822-1894), a French author and photographer desribed the elegancy of the kiosk in his book The Nile, Egypt and Nubia in 1850:

" On a conical hill which dominates the Nile and the desert, a small sanctuary of Hathor raises its elegant ruins. In these regions full with cyclopean constructions, one is surprised to find a spindly and delicate temple."
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