Temples of the Wadi as-Subua
Some 145 km south of Aswan can be found another temple complex saved from Lake Nasser by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities. The Valley of the Lions or temples of the Wadi as-Subua are so named because of the 10 sphinxes that once lined the avenue leading to the first temple. Constructed by Amenhotep III and added to by Ramses II the temple was in part destroyed by early Christans who defaced the decoration. The temple is somewhat unusual in that the front portion is free standing whilst the rear was cut from the rock. There are impressive statues of Ramses II together with a 12-pillared hall and sanctuary.