Nubia's Amada, Al-Soboua archaeological sites to be more tourist friendly: Ministry

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 24 Oct 2021

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that a project to develop Amada and Al-Soboua archaeological sites in Nubia is about to complete.

Amada and Al-Soboua
Amada and Al-Soboua s archaeological sites on Lake Nasser

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that a project to develop the two archaeological sites of Amada, which dates back to the 18th Dynasty, and Al-Soboua, which dates back to the 19th Dynasty, in Nubia is about to be complete.

The project comes as part of the ministry's efforts to upgrade all the archaeological sites in Egypt and make them more accessible to visitors to enhance their visits.

The development of both sites includes the installation of a new inner lighting system working with solar power along with providing informative signage, visiting paths, seats, and sunshades, according to Ahmed Ghoneim, the executive head of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and Head of Nubia Fund.

The temple of Amada, which is dedicated to the gods Amun and Ra-Horakhty, is one of the most important temples in Nubia. The core of the temple was built by Kings Thutmose III (c.1479–1425 BC), Amenhotep II (c.1427–1400 BC), and King Thutmose IV (c.1400–1390 BC), who built the hypostyle hall in front of the edifice.

Some additions were made to the temple by several kings of the 19th Dynasty. King Merenptah (c.1213–1203 BC) carved a text boasting of his victory against an attack on Egypt while Amenhotep II  carved another one recording his victory over enemies in Syria.

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