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The Temple of Derr
Temple of Derr
or el-Derr is a speos or rock-cut Egyptian temple in Lower Nubia. It was built during the 19th Dynasty by Pharaoh Ramesses II.[1] It is the only rock-cut temple in Nubia
which was constructed by this pharaoh on the right (or east) bank of the Nile and used to stand at el-Derr.[2] The temple's unique position "was probably because the river on its approach to the Korosko bend flows in an 'unnatural' southeasterly direction."[3] The Derr structure was known in ancient times as 'The Temple of Ri'amsese-meryamun [Ramesses II] in the Domain of Re '[4] and was dedicated to the god Ra-Horakhty.[5] Scholars disagree over its precise construction date: the French Egyptologist Nicolas Grimal states that it was built in the thirteenth year of Ramesses II, presumably to coincide with his first royal jubilee.[6] In contrast, John Baines and Jaromír Málek write that the temple of Derr "was built in the second half of the king's reign", likely because its "plan and decoration resembles the Great Temple of Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
(minus the colossal seated statues against the facade)."[7] Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
was built between Year 24 and Year 31 of Ramesses' reign.[8] According to Joyce Tyldesley, the Temple of Derr was built by Setau, who is known to have served as Ramesses' Viceroy of Kush or Nubia
between Year 38 to 63 of this pharaoh's reign.[9] Decorations and architecture[edit]

Temple ruins at 1960.

Relief of Ramesses II
Ramesses II
in the temple of Derr

The temple of Derr is more elaborate than the speos of Beit el-Wali and "consisted of a sequence of two hypostyle halls (probably preceded by a forecourt and a pylon) leading to a triple sanctuary where a cult of statues of Ramesses II, Amon-Re, Ra-Horakhty
and Ptah was celebrated."[10] When cleaned and restored in modern times, Derr proved to contain unusually bright and vivid relief decorations which contrasted sharply "with the more subdued color tones" from other Egyptian temples.[11] In 1964, the temple was dismantled and relocated, along with the Temple of Amada, to a new site.[12][13] Early travellers visited the original site, and the temple itself was first studied and published by Aylward Blackman[14] in 1913.[15]


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^ Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, Blackwell Books, 1992. p.259 ^ John Baines and Jaromír Málek, Atlas of Ancient Egypt, Facts on File
Publications New York, 1982. p.183 ^ Baines and Málek, p.183 ^ Baines and Málek, p.183 ^ Rosalie David, Discovering Ancient Egypt, Facts on File, 1993. p.104 ^ Grimal, p.259 ^ Baines and Málek, p.183 ^ Grimal, p.260 ^ Joyce Tyldesley, Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh, Penguin Books, 2001 paperback, pp.104 & 167 ^ Grimal, p.259 ^ Baines and Málek, p.183 ^ David, p.104 ^ Christine Hobson, Exploring the World of the Pharaohs: A complete guide to Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson 1993 paperback, p.177 ^ David, p.104 ^ Aylward M. Blackman, The Temple of Derr, (Cairo 1913)

Coordinates: 22°43′56.6″N 32°15′43.6″E / 22.732389°N 32.262111°E / 22.732389; 32.262111 External links[edit]

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