Temple of Horus at Edfu, Edfu

Probably the country's best preserved ancient site, Temple of Horus at Edfu was commissioned by Ptolemy III in 237 BCE and finished almost two centuries later. The imposing temple owes its intact condition to silt and sand, which largely covered the structure until its excavation in the 19th century. Exploring the temple chambers, you'll encounter grandiose columns, detailed reliefs on the walls, and statues of Horus, the falcon god that was worshipped in the shrine. On a guided tour of the site, you'll learn more about the story of Horus, the temple's history, and the hieroglyphic inscriptions that adorn the structure. Put Temple of Horus at Edfu at the forefront of your travel plans using our Edfu trip planner.
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  • Built in the Egyptian style by the Greeks to honor Horus (the Falcon god) around 240 BC. Fell in disuse as Christianity became the dominant religion following the decrees of the Roman Emperor. This le...  more »
  • Constructed under the Ptolemaic dynasty, over the period 237 to 57 BC. I liked the statue of the falcon god, with some form of crown on its head. It is the second largest ancient temple complex in Egy...  more »
  • This temple is the best preserved of Egypt and the second most important, after Karnak, and follows the patterns of other Egyptian temples. Its columns and walls have numerous figures, inscriptions and hieroglyphs that give a fantastical idea of Egyptian history and the worship of the gods. The columns have their capitels composed of various plant elements, papyri, lotus, palm trees, etc. A show for those who like to appreciate architecture in their multiple details. The ticket cost 140 EGP (Egícia currency) during my visit in May 2019.
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  • Huge temple, does get very crowded though. You have to take a horse carriage to get to it which is a fun experience. I suggest going with a guide to fully enjoy the temple.
  • Edfu Temple, home to the mighty Egyptian Falcon God Horus - son of Osiris God and the Goddess of Isis. Known as the God of Kings, protector of the pharaohs. Also my all-time favorite Egyptian pharaoh 😍 So-so amazed with this magnificent shrine that I had to #stopdropandyoga before the rest of the tourists arrived 😁🧘‍♂️
  • Visited this temple dedicated to the falcon God Horus, during our third day aboard nile cruise. You need to get a horse carriage to get to the temple. This is not ancient as other temples in Egypt, but definitely worth a visit !!
  • It's a must see. If you pass from Assuan to Luxor stop by and check out this temple. I know it's 2000 years younger than the other tempels. Still it's in great shape. And it really alows you to imagine how other tempels looked like when not that destroyed. Edfu itself is a nice town. So stop for a night. Check out local market. And people out of major touristic places. The are super nice.
  • Love the stories behind each statue or writing on the wall❤
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