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Amada (Hassaya) Temple



Amada (Hassaya, Hassaia or Ammadon) Temple in Nubia was built by order of Pharaoh Thuthmosis III (18th Dynasty) and added to by other Pharaohs of the 18th and 19th dynastys. The temple was dedicated th Amun-Re and Re-Horakhty. Amada - Hassaya Temple was moved 2 miles west to avoid flooding by the Aswan High Dam. Purists will be pleased that the strange looking cupola on the roof in these pictures, a product of the early Christians, has been removed.

The two level arched cupola appears to be landing on the temple at Hassaya-Amada.
The Temple of Amada (Hassaya),
by David Roberts, 1838


Excerpt from: Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhardt

A Journey along the Banks of the Nile
Published in 1819. Adapted for AscendingPassage.com, 2006.


Amada - Hassaya Temple


March 25th, 1813.
At one hour and a half from where I slept, is a place near the river called Hassaya (Amada), where a village formerly stood; here are the ruins of a small temple. The pronaos is sixteen paces in length, and consists of three rows of square columns, four in each row, and two feet square, with a row of four round ones next the cella; the whole are without capitals.

the temple at Hassaya / Amada.
The Temple of Amada (Hassaya),
by François Chrétien Gau, 1819


The hieroglyphics are badly sculptured; the (scarab) beetle is the figure most frequently met with on the columns. The pronaos is encompassed by a wall, which fills up the intervals between the outer rows of columns. The cella is entered from the pronaos through a narrow chamber; on either side of the cella is an apartment, equal to it in depth, but narrower; there is no adytum. The walls of the cella have a thick coat of plaster, on which are paintings of Greek saints. The temple is interesting on account of its preservation, being almost entire; but the sands have accumulated considerably round its walls and columns.

the simple temple at Hassaya / Amada.
Cross section of The Temple of Hassaya / Amada,
by François Chrétien Gau, 1819


There is a well paved terrace on the top of the cella; and the Greeks had built a cupola over the pronaos. I believe this to be the temple mentioned by Norden, as situated near Amada. About twenty yards distant from it, towards the river, are the foundations of another stone edifice.


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by Salvador Cherubini 1832-44.Horus, by Salvador Cherubini 1832-44.

Hassaya Amada Temple
excerpt from: Travels in Nubia

by John Lewis Burckhardt, published in 1819



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The Pharaoh and Queen embrace at the Temple of Amada (Hassaya).
by Ernst Weidenbach, 1842-45.

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