In ancient times, Esna was known as Latopolis, after the perch that swam in the Nile. Today it is a quiet farming town with an exciting street market filled with fabric and traditional clothing.
Temple of Khnum:
Temple of Khnum, 1st century Roman hypostyle hall, has 24 columns with floral capitals. The god Khnum was the guardian of the source of the Nile. The myth is that he fashioned man out of clay from the Nile on a potter’s wheel.
Years of flooding buried the temple until 1860 when excavation began to uncover the temple. The temple sits 33 ft. (10 m) below street level.
Restoration is in progress. The workers use ammonia to clean the soot off the walls. The colors underneath are still brilliant after all these centuries.
The carvings tell stories about the history of the area. Here the pharaoh has been victorious in battle. The first photo shows the people captured in battle before the king. The second photo is a close-up of the hands of the defeated people surrender.
There is still a lot to be excavated in this area. One might say…they have only scratched the surface.
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In 2010, Annie Coburn created FAB Senior Travel, a blog for mature and adventurous travelers. Her blog features travel articles from contributors as well as her own travels. Annie has published five travel books targeting the greatest cities on earth: Walk Paris, Walk Beijing, Walk London, Walk NYC, and Ellie’s Grand Adventure. She recently spent seven-months living and traveling in South America.
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