Temple of Amada

The Temple of Amada, the oldest Egyptian temple in Nubia, was first constructed by pharaoh Thutmose III of the 18th dynasty and dedicated to Amun and Re-Horakhty. His son and successor, Amenhotep II continued the decoration program for this structure. Amenhotep II's successor, Thutmose IV decided to place a roof over its forecourt and transform it into a pillared or hypostyle hall. During the Amarna period, Akhenaten had the name Amun destroyed throughout the temple but this was later restored by Seti I of Egypt's 19th dynasty. Various 19th dynasty kings especially Seti I and Ramesses II also "carried out minor restorations and added to the temple's decoration."

Between 1964 and 1975, the temple was moved from its original location to a new site "some 65 m higher and 2.5 km away from its original site". Chopping it into blocks, as was being done with the other temples, was not an option; the paintings would not have survived. Seeing that all seemed resigned to see the temple flooded by the silty waters of Lake Nasser, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt announced that France would save it. She asked two architects to propose a method for moving the temple in one piece. Their idea was to put the temple on rails and transport it hydraulically to a site a few kilometers away that was more than 60 meters higher.

The rock-cut Temple of Derr was also moved to the new site of Amada.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (30 km), Temples of Abu Simbel (79 km), Temples of Kalabscha (112 km), Temple of Philae (157 km), Assuan (Egypt) (165 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (203 km), Temple of Edfu (257 km), Temple of Luxor (332 km), Temples of Karnak (335 km), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (336 km), Temple of Dendera (381 km), Cairo (Egypt) (821 km), Istanbul (Turkey) (2,057 km), Shiraz (Iran) (2,159 km), Isfahan (Iran) (2,202 km), Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (2,202 km), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (2,258 km), Syracuse (Italy) (2,279 km), Catania (Italy) (2,322 km), Nain (Iran) (2,331 km)

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