Sehel Island Aswan Egypt tours, prices, booking, reviews
Sehel Island Aswan located about 4 kilometers south of Aswan. In fact, Sehel Island Aswan located in the Nile to the north of Aswan Old Dam. In ancient times travelers made a pilgrimage to the sacred Island of Sehel. It was on their way to Nubia or their return from an expedition to the south. They left inscriptions which record their appeals or prayers of gratitude for help. Several of them recorded events and journeys into Nubia. It was by officials on the king’s business. The inscriptions carved or bruised onto the jumbled mounds of granite boulders. They strewn over several areas of the island. In fact, Flinders Petrie visited the island of Sehel in 1887 and took photographs.
He also made sketches of the thousands of inscriptions which he found on the boulders and cliffs. It was by climbing rope ladders. There are two hills which dominate the south-eastern end Sehel Island Aswan. They boast over 250 inscriptions of which dedicated to the goddess Anukis and Khnum. In fact, they date back to the Middle Kingdom to Ptolemaic periods. The island had a chapel which dedicated to Anukis. In fact, the chapel built at the time of Amenemhet II during Dynasty XII. Little remains of this structure found. The remaining blocks from Khnum temple found scattered around the Nubian Village. Anukis was a goddess who worshiped in the area of the Egyptian border. In fact, she sometimes known as “Mistress of Nubia”. She associated with the cataracts at Aswan, island of Sehel and Elephantine Island.
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In fact, Anukis was a protective and fertility deity. She also was a personification of the Nile who embraced the waters of the inundation. Her husband was Khnum. He was a ram-headed creator god. In fact, he shown fashioning the ka of the king on his potters wheel. He also seen as a potent fertility god under whose protection the cataract region came. The boulders in the monument areas now enclosed by a metal fence. The path up from the river takes you past a section to the west. It is with some nice inscriptions and a larger hill to the east for which. A ticket required at the entrance. Here you will see a great number of well-preserved carvings. It is with hieroglyphic inscriptions which dedicated to Khnum. They also dedicated to Anukis and other deities and several royal cartouches.
As you climb the hill to the top there is a spectacular view over the cataract area to the south. In fact, in Sehel Island Aswan, the cataracts are rocky areas of boulders. They are in the narrow channels of the Nile River. In fact, they formed treacherous rapids of foaming water. It was before the construction of the Aswan Old Dam in 1902. The most famous of the rock-inscriptions known as the “Famine Stela”. It stands on the summit of the eastern hill at the island of Sehel. The inscription bruised lightly onto a large granite boulder. In fact, it tells a story which set in Dynasty III. It was during the reign of the Horus, Netjerikhet and king Djoser (Zoser). The text carved during the Ptolemaic Period, shown by the style of the vocabulary and grammar.
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It is possible that the text re-worded from an earlier document. In fact, it is the earliest connection between the names of Netjerikhet and King Djoser. The stela depicts King Djoser offering to the deities Khnum-Re, Satis and Anukis. The vertical rows of text below refer to the catastrophic effects of seven years of famine. The trip by boat to Sehel Island Aswan makes a pleasant morning or afternoon excursion. The island people are friendly and hospitable. They offer cups of tea galore in their Nubian homes. Moreover, the local ladies will follow you everywhere. They will do with their baskets of hand-made crafts, carved dolls and beaded jeweler.
How you can get to Sehel Island Aswan:
You can reach the island either by sailing boat or motor boat. They located on the Corniche at Aswan. If the time is short, a motorboat is faster and not dependent on the wind as a Felucca. The boat will wait while you are on Sehel island. It will and take you back to the Corniche. You also can combined the island with another site. The sites are such as Elephantine Island or Kitchener’s Island.