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Wadi Seboua

Wadi Seboua

1. Temple of Dakka

2. Temple of Maharraqa


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Temple of Dakka

Wadi Seboua, Egypt

Photos: Rita Willaert

Wadi Seboua, Egypt

The Temple of Dakka was begun by the Meroitic king, Arkamani, in the 3rd century BCE. The construction was continued by Egyptian kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty. The location of the temple was in the border between Nubia and Egypt, but at this time, Egyptian culture had been adopted by the Nubians.
It was dedicated to the god wisdom, Thoth. There are two sanctuaries in the temple.
The temple of Dakka is quite similar to the temple native to Seboua, but lacks the front court of statues, and its pylon is in near perfect condition. The pylon is 12 metres high and can be climbed. Otherwise, there is a passage to the roof, with great views of the rocky landscape and the lake.
A second stucture, part of the temple, is the Chapel of Arkamani, showing the king making offerings to the gods. Note the birds, falcons and ibises, as well as the baboon worshipping a lion.
Additions were made for up 3 centuries, until Roman times. The greatest alteration happened in modern times, though, when the rising water of the Nasser Lake forced a relocation. The original site was 40 km north.
This temple lies only 1.5 km from the Wadi es-Seboua; between the two spots it is possible to rent a camel or donkey.
Wadi Seboua, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen