"Temple of Horus Entrance and Forecourt" Idfu Things to Do Tip by atufft

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  First Pylong Relief of Horus Slaying Seth
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  • First Pylong Relief of Horus Slaying Seth - Idfu
      First Pylong Relief of Horus Slaying Seth
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  • Statue of Horus at Entrance to Temple - Idfu
      Statue of Horus at Entrance to Temple
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  • Entrance Through First Pylon at Temple of Horus - Idfu
      Entrance Through First Pylon at Temple of Horus
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  • Forecourt Beyond First Pylon - Idfu
      Forecourt Beyond First Pylon
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  • View back to First Pylon within Forecourt - Idfu
      View back to First Pylon within Forecourt
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The first pylon is huge and has a comparatively large entrance gate, to the right of which stands a statue of the god Horus, the falcon headed son of Osiris and Isis. Seth killed Osiris, and so the Horus avenged his father's death, according to legend on this very spot. Horus killed his uncle in mortal combat, a scene depicted on the first pylon relief. The forecourt was a place for ceremonies having to do with a live falcon that represented the god Horus. It is from Horus that all Pharoah's are descended, and so this temple is likely constructed on a site where earlier temples stood. According to tradition, the earliest temple was a grass hut built in prehistoric times. In more recent times, the temple was buried in sand and debris, with part of the village sitting atop the roof of the Great Hypostyle Hall and uncovered during the 1860's by Mariette and local Arab workers.

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  • Written May 23, 2006
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