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The temple at Amara, on the West side of the Nile, was built in the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II to honor the god of Thebes, Amun.

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.


CHAPTER VII -- Amara West Temple
In the plain of Aamara are the ruins of a fine Egyptian temple the shafts of six large columns of the pronaos remain, constructed of calcareous stone, and they are the only specimen of that kind I have seen, all the Egyptian temples being built of sand-stone.

The lonely few columns of Amara West (Aamara).
The columns of Aamara Temple,
Photograph by Francis Frith, 1862.


The sculptures upon these columns are in imitation of those of Philę, and are of middling execution; but much better than those of the temple at Derr: the figure of the ibis most frequently occurs. Over each compartment or group of figures is a square blank tablet, as if to receive an inscription; the same thing is seen at Dakke, Kalabshe, and Philę; but not in the more northern Egyptian temples. All the capitals of the columns are wanting. Of the cella nothing remains but mounds of rubbish, except the lowest part of the walls, and their foundations, which are of stone, reposing upon a substructure of bricks burnt in the sun. The walls were probably built of alternate layers of stone and brick. A thick enclosure of brick surrounds the site of the temple, at about fifty yards distance from the columns.


Six broken columns and some rubble stand in a field, all that remain of of Amara West.
Ruins of Amara Temple,
by Ernst Weidenbach, 1845.





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Amara West (Aamara) Temple
excerpt from: Travels in Nubia

by John Lewis Burckhardt, published in 1819



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