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Edfu: The Temple of Horus

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Located in the south of Upper Egypt, in the heart of Nile Valley, the city of Edfu is well known for its temple dedicated to the falcon God, Horus. Built in the third century before JC under the ptolemaic dynasty, the Horus Temple is one of the most well kept temples of Egypte. When you go there, you really have the feeling to be in a brand new monument! 137m long, 79m wide and 36m high, no need to say that standing in front of the temple entrance gives an unspeakable feeling!


Horus Temple, in perfect shape!

After passing the pylones decorated with depictions of pharaoh and gods, we arrive in a big yard with column on three of its sides. Then we get into the first hypostyle room and we are instantly impressed by the wealth of the place: texts, illustrations and representations on the walls of the temple. They tell about the rituals accomplished by the king like the numerous acts of war of the Pharaoh slaughtering his enemies, his gifts to God Horus or scenes of festivities.
Egypte - Edfou, le Temple d'Horus
After greeting Horus’ grey granite statue, going deeper in the temple leads us to the vestibule and the second hypostyle room which do not lack of beauty and majestuosity.

Edfu, from the sanctuary to the Naos

We then get to the sanctuary surrounded by sacred rooms in which religious rituals were done. Each of these rooms has a name: for example, the tomb, the cradle or chamber of fabrics. In the sanctuary stands the impressive Naos of Nectanebo II, a 4m high monolithic block of granite. The naos is supposedly a royal chair as we also can found on Aswan’s Elephantine Island, which allows us to discovers all of its finesse of conception and appreciate its imposing proportions. As a matter of fact, you cannot approach Edfu’s Naos less than a 10m distance, avoiding you to contemplate all of its details.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Horus Temple is one of the most delightful sites of Egypt. So rich in culture and Egyptian religion, perfectly kept over the centuries, it is a must see place et we can’t wait to bring you there during one of our next trips!
Egypte - Edfou, le Temple d'Horus
Egypte - Edfou, le Temple d'Horus

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