The Temple of Dendur


A couple of weeks ago, furrylittlegnome made the trek to “The Big Apple” for culture, holiday decoration displays and for some much needed shopping.  Her first stop was to 5th and 82nd.  The destination?   The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art MapThere were a few exhibits on the agenda but the most impressive (that could be photographed) was this one:  The Temple of Dendur.
The Temple of Dendur Exhibit at the Met

The Temple of Dendur at the Met

Housed at The Met since 1978, The Temple of Dendur dates back to 15 BC.  Made of sandstone, the front gate and temple were removed from their original site, in the Egyptian town of Aswan on the Nile River, in 1963, as they faced destruction from the construction of a dam.  Egypt presented the temple as a gift to the American people, represented by Jacqueline Kennedy, in 1965.  The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Inside the temple, carvings depict Emperor Augustus – a distant nephew of Julius Caesar – with several gods.  More information can be found in an article titled, “Temple of Dendur Opens Front Porch” published in The New York Times in January of 1994:  “If its relief carvings have been much studied, scholars have long been interested in a group of other, unplanned decorations in the pronaos: its graffiti. The first, scratched into the soft sandstone, was written in a spidery demotic Egyptian script and dates from 10 B.C., 5 years after the temple was built. Other graffiti include Greek Coptic Christian inscriptions from A.D. 400, when the temple was used as a church, and the chiseled inscriptions of 19th-century travelers who left their names in the building.”

Inside the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Inside the Temple of Dendur at the Met
Happy New Year, friends!

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7 Responses to The Temple of Dendur

  1. impressive background info fly!

  2. These are incredible!!!

  3. You’ve convinced me to make a trip to NYC this year (I keep putting it off, but it’s really time to do it).

  4. julespaige says:

    Just beautiful Gnome. The best I can do is offer a link to the paddle boat tour we took in December. An unplanned trip to Arizona.

    http://julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/taking-the-tour/
    Within the post is the link to the Dolly Steamboat. The volcanic mountains surrounding the man made lake were just beautiful. Cacti over hundreds of years old – that was the forest!

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