THE QASR QARUN TEMPLE
Close to edge of Lake Qarun in Fayoum, Qasr Qarun marks the original location of the ancient town of Dionysias.
The town is spread out and is now mostly in ruins apart from a few structures. A few houses are still standing, at least partially. Some even have decorations remaining on the interior walls.
The most interesting structure still remaining is the temple dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek Re. This is sometimes referred to as the "Temple of Stone" and is located in the middle of the ancient town. It dates to between 323 and 330 BC.
The temple is made of blocks of yellow limestone and the exterior of the temple has been partially restored by the Egyptian Antiquities Service.
One of the most interesting aspects of the temple is that its roof is still place, offering us a sense of the atmosphere that once prevailed.
The interior of the temple is a labyrinth of rooms, stairways, corridors, cellars, tunnels and upper rooms of all sizes and at different levels. Specifically, there are fourteen rooms on either side of central corridor that lead to three chapels. There is a stairway that leads you to the roof and the amazing views.