Photo Journal Edfu Temple of Horus – Egypt

(Day 2 Nile Cruise after Kom Ombo)

Edfu, an Egyptian sandstone temple dedicated to Horus, sits near the Nile about halfway between Aswan and Luxor. It was the believed location of the fierce battle in which Horus defeated his uncle Seth (vengeance for the death of his father Osiris).

Construction of the temple was begun by Ptolemy the III in 237 BC and completed by Cleopatra’s father Ptolemy VII in 57 BC. The average temple took hundreds of years to build. Modern society seems so impatient in comparison.

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Like sands in an hourglass, the desert slowly poured in and buried the temple and its surrounding buildings. For 2,000 years the sand provided protection; Edfu is considered the best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.

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The winged sun disk represents Horus.

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Later people found the old gods threats to their new faith and chiseled away their faces (as you can see in the above photo).  What a shame!

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Temple Courtyard

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Horus, god of the sky, god of war, god of the hunt, god of the Pharaohs, is often depicted as a falcon.

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Columns in the temple’s main corridor.

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The black on the ceiling is from campfires. When the desert sands filled this corridor, ground level was high over our heads and people would seek protection for the night under the temple’s roof.

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The interior of the temple was a maze of eerily lit rooms and halls; my son found it a great place for hide and seek.

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Back on our boat and ready for galabaya night!

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