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Deir el-Shelwit Temple, Luxor

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hidden out in the desert on the west bank of the Nile, Deir el-Shelwit Temple is a well-preserved temple of Isis from the Roman period. Even though it was discovered in the 19th century, the temple is still off the tourist maps. Hence, there's a good chance you will have the whole place to yourself. On the ruined pylon outside the temple, you will see the cartouches of several Roman emperors. The inner-sanctum with painted wall reliefs depicting Egyptian gods is accessible from the well-maintained "Corridor of Mysteries." One of the smaller chambers has a staircase leading to the roof. To visit Deir el-Shelwit Temple and other attractions in Luxor, use our Luxor trip maker site.
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  • It's a tiny out-of-the-way temple but boy does it deliver! It's excellently preserved/restored with some good colour on the amazing reliefs on the inner-sanctum walls - make sure to bring a torch or....  more »
  • Lovely Ptolemaic-era temple that is nearly intact. Rarely visited by tourists it can feels like you are really stepping back in time. Roof access via an atmospheric internal worn staircase. Really...  more »
  • For me out of this world also known as ISIS temple. Had a personal experience. Reason to find my future wife
  • Amazing. Magic!!!! This Temple is for Isis godess. Was made by romans but with egyptians artists to made the pictures and hieroglyphics. Is not big but is amazing place, inside and outside the Temple, in the back you see desert, in front green farms and the people around its super peacefull.

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