"The Edfu Temple" Temple of Horus by K.Knight

Temple of Horus Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 81 photos

Magnificent reliefs.

The Edfu Temple is located exactly half way between Luxor and Aswan and this destination is a stop off point for the many cruise ships that ply the waters of the Nile.

The cruise ship docked in the early morning sunlight and we soon offloaded and boarded a 23 seat, air-conditioned, mini bus for the ten minute drive to the temple.

Standing beside the Nile, the Edfu Temple is dedicated to the Falcon God Horus who fought a very fierce battle with his uncle Seth who is said to have murdered Horus’s father Osrisis.

The Grand Pylons.

The temple is known as the best preserved in all of Egypt because it was buried below meters of sand and silt for almost two thousand years! The temple dates back to approx 237 B.C, took 25 years to build and was commissioned by the Pharaoh Ptolemy III.

The huge pylons in the forecourt of the temple are something special to look at. Anne and wondered around the forecourt and took in the "atmosphere" that seemed ever present at this temple. We stood in the shade of the walls that surround this structure and we waited a few minutes for the crowd of people to disperse before we eneted the temple. This way we had most of the place to ourselves while evryone else rushed to the rear of the temple to see the sanctuary.

The Falcon God Horus.

Wearing the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, this magnificent granite statue of the Falcon God Horus is located just outside the first hypostyle Hall.

The myth is that Osrisis was a King who is best known for teaching the Egyptians how to live
and more importantly, how to grow corn. In fact, he is said to have told all Egyptians to worship corn. Horus’s Uncle Seth murdered his brother and cut the body up, scattering his body parts all over Egypt. Osrisis’s wife, Isis, collected all of the body parts and put them all back together forming the very first mummy in Egypt. Isis the used her magic to bring the mummy back to life and they conceived a son, Horus.

Osrisis then joined the underworld and became judge of the dead while Horus went on to avenge his father by fighting the fierce battle with Seth.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The sanctuary is stunning.
  • In a nutshell:Worth the stop. An excellent attraction.
  • Last visit to Temple of Horus: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Another good page Kevin! The reliefs that have been saved look in fairly good condition, a pity about the others. All the Temples, etc, in Egypt look colossal in size!

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