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The Temple of Soleb
Built just south of the Third Nile Cataract, by Pharaoh Amenhotep III (18th Dynasty, ruled 1390-1352 BC) in honor of the god Amun-Re and to Nebmaatre - which was simply another name for Pharaoh Amenhotep as Lord of Nubia. Soleb (Sulb, Solib) temple was over 400 feet long, and the entire enclosure was about 700 by 800 feet. Today foundations and a few columns remain. Two red granite lions from Soleb are now in the British Museum.
Instead of proceeding across the desert to Waouy, we followed the river. In one hour and a half we arrived opposite to Soleb, a fine village on the west bank. There I saw the ruins of a large temple which it had been my intention to visit, after crossing the river at Tinareh.

I offered some peasants, who were watering the fields upon an island opposite Soleb, all the Dhourra (grain) remaining in my provision sack, to carry me over and back again, which, I think, was as much as offering a guinea for a similar service to a London waterman. But there was no Ramous boat, nor any of those goat-skins which when inflated often serve as a conveyance on the Nile. I did not think it prudent to trust to my arms in swimming over, so I was obliged pursue my route without gratifying my curiosity. The temple appeared to have been of the size of the largest of those found in Egypt, the body of it seemed to be entire, with ten or twelve large pillars of the pronaos.


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