Proving that Ancient Egyptians knew everything there is to know about astronomy, the Qasr Qarun Temple in Fayoum will be the site of a sun-struck phenomenon this weekend.
On Saturday, December 21st, something special will be happening at Qasr Qarun Temple in Fayoum. On this particular day, the sun will be aligning perfectly perpendicular to the temple.The temple itself contains 365 rooms corresponding the number of days in a year. The phenomenon will be taking place between 6:45 am to 7am.
“The event proves the genius of ancient Egyptians in astronomy,” said Abdel Aal, Director General of Fayoum Antiquities.Attending the event will the Minister of State for Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim, Tourism Minister, Hisham Zaazou, among other ambassadors and Egyptian officials. The aim is to promote the temple and Fayoum in hopes of enticing tourist back to Egypt, who may not even be aware that this temple exists.
The temple is dedicated to worship of Ancient Egyptian god Sobek-Ra, symbolised by a crocodile, and worshiped by our ancestors beside the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. This may be the reason that Fayoum is well-known for the production of grapes.
Scattered across Egypt are a plethora of temples that many do not know about, and it is about time that the world is aware that there is more to see in Egypt then just the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings.