Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Dr Zahi Hawass visits Luxor – part 3 Mosque of Abu Haggag

The last stop on Dr Zahi Hawass tour of Luxor was the formal opening of the renovated mosque. We left the temple of Hatshepsut and proceed to the Nile and Ibrahim Soliman was waiting for us with motor boats which took us across the Nile. A short walk to Luxor temple and he escorted us through the temple as a short cut to the mosque. There was a formal reception with a video describing the renovations. Then we proceed in to the mosque, there was a huge surge of men going into the left hand side of the mosque to the rhythmic chanting of the men. It was a powerful and emotional scene. I snuck round the right-hand side and took some photos. I do encourage you to visit this mosque it is really interesting and you will be very welcome. Avoid prayer times obviously. Back in Dec 2007 I visited the mosque when the renovations had just started. I think the pictures speak for themselves I have tried to match the shots.


















6 comments:

tim said...

Hi Jane

Terrific post and excellent pictures.

Kate Phizackerley said...

Are women welcome in the Mosque?
Kate

Jane Akshar said...

Women are very, very welcome. I have taken guests in loads of times before the refurbishment. I have not altered my dress in any way except taking my shoes off. I generally am wearing trousers and sleeves down to my elbows or longer and nothing on my head. No problems what so ever

I have always got the impression they are really pleased to see visitors and delighted to show off their mosque

SRK Herry said...

your blog is nice

Ted said...

Congratulations! Our selection committee compiled an exclusive list of the Top 100 Egyptology Blogs, and yours was included! Check it out at http://thedailyreviewer.com/top/Egyptology

You can claim your Top 100 Blogs Award Badge at http://thedailyreviewer.com/pages/badges

Cheers!

Ted...

Jane Akshar said...

Thanks Ted