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Temple of Horus

  • Abydos, Upper Egypt, Egypt

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

One of the last Egyptian temples to be conceived and completed on a magnificent scale, the temple of Edfu was dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus. Edfu had been a cult centre since 3000 BC, but this temple was started in 237 BC by Ptolemy III.

Following the pharaonic style, on the walls are carvings of Greek pharaohs dressed as Egyptians, making offerings to Egyptian gods. Two huge falcons at the entrance represent Horus.

Don’t miss

The ‘laboratory of perfumes’ in the inner hypostyle hall, one of the most fascinating rooms. On the walls are carved recipes for the perfumes and incenses used in the temple.

Also in the inner hypostyle hall, find the passage to the offering chamber and the steps leading to the rooftop with superb views over the temple. (Tip the guard!)

Logistics

Price from: £3
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The temple lies about 70 miles south of Luxor. It’s best visited as part of a tour from Luxor to Aswan, or by arranging a taxi for the day to visit the temples between Luxor and Aswan.

Many Nile cruises will also stop here for a flying visit.

When to do it

The site is open all year round, seven days a week.

Early morning is good, but late afternoon is best when the sun covers the columns with a warm glow – and most of the tour groups have left.