Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I do Habu for you…

After our drive around the west bank of Luxor, we visited our last temple, Habu Temple. The interesting thing about this temple is the colors. The ancient Egyptians learned how to make permanent color and used it for decoration. The colors that you see in the pictures have not been touch up. It is original from thousands of years ago.

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I know I’ve said it before, but I still can’t get over the kind of manpower it took to make all the carvings. This isn’t as simple as writing on a blackboard. The carvings are deep and chiseled into the stone. How many hours did it take one man to carve one drawing? And did 30 or 40 men sit around carving it together? A hundred? A thousand? For me, that is more intriguing than how they built it to begin with!

If you wish to read more about the Habu Temple, click here.

Tomorrow, we’re to take a one hour flight to Cairo for a couple of days. We plan to visit the Egyptian Museum when we get in and the next day, the pyramids of Giza.

N’shallah (God willing)

6 comments:

  1. Wow!! I thank you so much for this tour of Habu, I would never get there from here and I really enjoy your sharing such awesome things with us. Enjoy your adventures today.

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  2. I had no idea about the colors. That's way cool. It is just amazing that they could create all this without our modern machinery.

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  3. Incredible. Neat, thanks for sharing.

    Also, N’shallah (God willing)? Which one?

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  4. Oh man, I just caught up with all your posts. It looks like you are having an amazing time. Good for you two. Too bad you didn't find out how many times to walk around for grandbabies. Hope it was six!

    Enjoy your trip! It looks AMAZING!

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  5. I'm envious of this trip. I so wanted to go to the Egyptian museum after seeing the King Tut exhibit in the '70s, especially after I found out that only a portion of the treasures were on display here. Alas, it has not happened yet. Hope you continue to have a wonderful time.

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