Gebel el-Silsila

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Gebel el-Silsila or Gebel Silsileh (Egyptian: Kheny or Khenu) is 65 km north of Aswan, where the cliffs on both sides of the Nile narrow. The name Kheny (or sometimes Khenu) means "The Place of Rowing". It was used as a quarry site from at least the 18th Dynasty to Greco-Roman times.

On the west bank are rock cut shrines for Horemheb, Seti I, Ramesses II and Merenptah. A chapel dedicated by User, vizier under Hatshepsut, is also located there.

Many of the talatats used by Akhenaten were quarried from here, and used in buildings at Luxor and Amarna. Akhenaten's sculptor Bek oversaw the opening of a stone quarry here.








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