Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Naga Temple continued

The ruins which are about 500m from the temple of Apedemak. There is conflicting information on the Internet and I'm not sure which temple ruins these are. There are a few more temples on the way back which we will visit in the near future. Then I will be able to update on these. Meanwhile,   I'd like to share the photo of these ruins with with you

A life-like rendition of a guard about to behead someone kneeling on the ground

An inner courtyard

A wall of fame: I wonder if these are names of archeologists. There was a list ranging from dates as above to 1907

A forecourt of the temple

Getenet checks a photo of himself against the column behind him which depicts a serpent

My observant husband points out the way the blocks are joined/slotted togethe

Leaving the enclosure, I spotted this baby donkey and of course, had to snap him. He was not impressed and cantered off into the bush

After having our fill of history and mystique, we returned to our vehicles. There the ladies asked if we'd like to follow them (they felt reassured that a four-wheel drive vehicle was behind them in the desert sand) . Robyn told us that about 30km south on the highway, they were turning off to go to their campsite for the night. They asked if we'd join them for lunch at the spot.

More about this tomorrow.

The Arabic for temple is Hykl (pronounced Heekle)


  1. I looked at both posts and LOVED them. What a fabulous experience. I loved seeing the temple ruins.. Amazing and Awesome!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing so much great info about this area.

  2. This is a terrific series Jo and I am enjoying every picture and your story. That parts of these are still standing is amazing.

  3. I LOVE taking this journey with you Jo!! Wonderful Photos! I feel like I'm there with you!!

  4. Jo - I love your posts! Amazing photos! The wall reliefs still have so many detail. THANKS for sharing your day!!

  5. I remember this place. It really is something to "discover" places like these in the middle of nowhere - and where there are almost no tourists!

    I had a book to consult while I was there that had some information about the history of the temples. I will see if I can find it in the basement.

  6. These are fantastic ancient ruins, Jo! I like seeing some greenery in some of the shots. I'm sure that thousands of years ago they had more plant life than they have now.

  7. These ruins are beautiful. Interesting to see how the blocks are joined, too.
    That's the cutest little donkey!


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