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Silsila

Country
Egypt
State
Egypt (General)
City
Silsila
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By car

If you are able to travel with a private vehicle, perhaps with Egyptian friends or colleagues, this offers probably the most convenient option for visiting the locality.

By taxi

Taxi drivers are currently reluctant to stop at Silsila, owing to the prevailing security demands and schedule posed by the local Tourist Police (considered by many to be unwarranted, but there to be dealt with nonetheless).

By felucca

Travellers making a Nile journey by felucca probably stand the best chance for seeing the quarries, by asking their captain to make the appropriate stop

By cruise ship

Silsila is a frequent stop on cruise ship itineraries - check with the crew for details of any prospective journey before booking.

Key places to visit
Quarries, rock chapels of 18th Dynasty date, Speos of Horemheb


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Places to Visit

Quarries

a visit to the extensive and atmospheric channels and tunnels carved out over the centuries is well worth undertaking. Most of the quarries are to be found on the eastern bank. Also to be seen are a large number of rock stelae, inscriptions and graffiti.

rock chapels of 18th Dynasty date

functioning as cenotaphs to various high officials who worked on quarrying expeditions to the area, exist on the western bank with several royal cenotaphs (Seti I, Ramesses II, Merneptah), and together with.

Speos of Horemheb

a small royal shrine hewn from the rock and dedicated to the late 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Horemheb and six other Egyptian deities. The rock temple consists of 4 pillars across its façade, a narrow transverse hall behind these, and a small sanctuary (inner room) with the rock-carved and seated cult images of the 7 deities herein venerated located in a niche in the rear wall (Amun, Mut, Khonsu, Sobek - the local crocodile god, Taweret, Thoth and the Pharaoh Horemheb). Another shrine of Horemheb's building lies 450 m to the north, featuring a number of granite columns, but this is largely unexplored and inaccessible.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December

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