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Amada temple located about 180 kilometers south of Aswan High Dam. In fact, Amada temple in Aswan dedicated to the New Kingdom gods, Amun-Re and Re-Horakhty. The temple built on the orders of Thutmose III and his son, Amenhotep II. It was during Egypt’s New Kingdom 18th Dynasty. The hypo-style hall was a later addition by Thutmose IV. In fact, Seti I had a hand in some small additions such as a large pylon. The pylon is with a sandstone gateway abutting against the hypo-style hall. It is along with other 19th Dynasty rulers including his son, Ramses II. Ramses II involved himself in some way with almost every Nubian temple built before his reign. However, Ramses II’s restoration of the temple noted as rather a poor effort.
In fact, he employed the use of local artists of inferior skill. Of course, Ramses II also added many his own temples to the Nubian landscape during his reign. In fact, Amada temple in Aswan is small but contains some important historical inscriptions. It also is significant as it is the oldest of the Lake Nasser temples. The temple has a stela on the rear wall of the sanctuary in the third year of Amenhotep II. Carved on the steal an inscription which describes an Egyptian military campaign into Asia. It also shows Amenhotep II brings back the bodies of rebel chieftains. It was to hang on the walls of Thebes. One on the prow of his ship sails through Nubia as a warning. Another, carved on a stela on the northern side of the entrance doorway.
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It describes a Libyan invasion of Egypt in the fourth year of Merneptah, the son of Ramses II. Amada temple moved together with the nearby temple of El Derr, to a new higher location. It was Due to the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The new location is some 2.5 kilometers from its original site between 1964 and 1975. Amada temple keeps much of its painted relief work including poly-chrome decorations. Moreover, the temple consists of a court with a brick wall with proto-Doric columns. In fact, the columns form a rear portico. Thutmose IV enlarged it by transforming the court into a pillared hall. It was through the erection of twelve pillars in four transverse rows in front of the four columns.
Furthermore, it was with inter-columnar walls between the outer pillars. Amada temple built in sandstone has a shallow transverse hall. The hall decorated with coronation scenes. Moreover, a deep offering hall connected on either side to a small cult statue shrine. The statue shrine is for Re-Horakhty (south) and Amun-Re (north). Beyond the original reliefs, there are some interesting graffiti. In fact, it inscribed during the 19th Dynasty and include scenes of the viceroy of Nubia. It also includes Messuy which appear to show the royal uraeus added to the viceroy’s brow. There are more recent graffiti visible on the top of the temple facade. They are crude representations of camels. Though, they are either for the work of Bedouins or travelers during the Middle Ages.