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Primer of Egyptian Archaeology on Stamps

Subjects are listed in alphabetical order.
See checklist of Nubian Archaeology on Stamps here.


Nefertari's Temple was built by Rameses II.Nefertari's Temple, Abu Simbel

The entrance to Nefertari’s temple is flanked by six standing statues of Nefertari and Rameses II. On each side there are 2 statues of Rameses and 1 on Nefertari, each stands over 33 feet tall. Nefertari’s temple also honors Hathor, the goddess of love and music. Inside the temple is a famous relief of Nefertari being crowned by goddesses Hathor and Isis, which is depicted on many stamps which were issued to publicize the plight of these monuments in the 1960s.


Rameses II's Temple of Abu Simbel is carved into the stone face.Rameses II Temple, Abu Simbel

The entrance to Rameses’ temple is flanked by 4 seated statues of Rameses, 67 feet high. Built to venerate the divine nature of the Pharaoh on the outskirts of his Empire in upper Egypt. The temple is aligned in such as way that twice a year, summer and winter solstice, the suns rays penetrate to the innermost sanctuary to illuminate statues of gods Ptah, Amun Ra, Rameses II, and Re-Horakhty.


Temple of Isis was built in Roman times.Temple of Isis, Philae

The Temple of Isis dates from the Ptolemaic Period (after domination by Alexander the Great). The stamp illustrates the layout of the temple, from left; first pylon, open court, second pylon, covered hypostyle hall and sanctuary. The last hieroglyphic inscription dates from AD 394.


Trajan's Kiosk of Philae was built in Roman times.Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Trajan’s Kiosk, built in the reign of Emperors Trajan and Antoninus Pius, finished in the reign of Emperor Augustus (under Roman domination), is among the most modern structures to be saved.



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