On our way from Edfu Temple, to Kom Ombo Temple in Aswan, actually the most spectacular heritage of Ancient Egypt and pharoahs in ptolemaic ages, we’ve settled for one night at Gebel (hill or mountain) Silsila, which is a great site that looks like a side hill of highs and lows sandstone formations that you won’t get to see except in daylight.
Unlike huge nile cruises, you only get to see the quarry site of Gebel Silsila sailing on a Dahabiya cruise, but you can visit from Aswan or Edfu. Sailing on a Dahabiya nile cruise had taken us to that bespoke beautiful scenery of relaxation of agricultural lands and villagers, different culture, and green areas in the flow of the river Nile. During the day the weather was lovely and you just couldn’t resist the sun rays kissing your skin tones.
Two guards wearing Jalabeyas welcomed us and were kind enough to guide our tour helping us excavate our small tirp up on Gebel Silsila hill. Since they are one of the locals, they knew so much about everything about Ancient Egyptian history and the site!
By the 18th Dynasty, It was believed that travelers used to come and dedicate prayers and devotions for the Nile gods where they had a custom of carving small shrines into cliffs. Gebel Silsila became the centre cult of this tradition, where kings used to come and leave their mark of some kind in many ways presenting their offerings and sacrifices to ensure the country’s nourishment every year.
Gebel Silsila is an ancient Egyptian site on the east bank of the Nile heading toward Aswan. It is an ancient quarry, in which every great temple was built into the monuments we see today along the Nile valley. Stones have been extracted from Gebel Silsila to carve stones into walls, pillars and columns in the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Obviously, one of the most depicted deity is the twin of Kom Ombo temple, Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the Elder along with other deities who were worshipped in that ancient holy site. Go to the Gallery...
You can visit Gebel Silsila from Edfu or Aswan through renting a felucca if you will stay at either one of those upper Egyptian cities, Edfu or Aswan, or in most cases you will be sailing on a nile cruise.
Most probably big nile cruises won't stop there, so you might want to wait till you get to Aswan and stretch time a bit to hop in a felucca ride to sail to the location pretty quick and get back to your cruise afterwards.
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