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About Kasr Ibrim

Kasr Ibrim is an archeological site in Egypt, south of Aswan. It was originally a major city built on a cliff overlooking the Nile, but the creation of Lake Nasser made it an island and flooded the city’s outlying areas. Because of its elevated location, it is the only Nubian archeological site to have survived past Nile floods relatively unscathed.

Human habitation in the area goes back to the Late Kingdom, but the most interesting thing to see here is the Fortress of Kasr Ibrim. (Kasr, also spelled Qasr, means “castle.”) The Romans built on what was originally a pharaonic site, using New Kingdom materials found in the area. There is a stele here honoring Amenhotep the I, a temple structure dedicated to Taharqa (a 25th-dynasty pharaoh from the 7th century B.C.), ruins of a Christian Byzantine cathedral and memorial chapels dedicated by various viceroys of Kush (Nubia, now northern Sudan). Many items from this area were moved to either Wadi el Seboua or New Kalabsha at Aswan to save them from the rising waters.

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