Day Four: The almost completely preserved Edfu Temple
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We were a bit bummed that Edna was removed from our itenerary. That is sthg we had no idea about, and we found out only the previous evening. Funnily enough, it's not as if any of us really knew what we were missing there, we just knew we weren't going there and it was "one place less" in our trip. Looking back today however, I'm glad we missed that temple and instead headed directly to the Temple of the Falcon God Horus, at Edfu.
We bid goodbye to our guide Ahmed (who would've joined us at Edna had we gone) and we instead got a new guide, a lovely lady by the name of Fatima. She met us in the lobby of the ship at 8am. She seemed a lot more professional than Ahmed, but charming and knowledgable all the same.
The horse ride wasn't anything great. It was like any other horse ride. I guess the only interesting part was seeing so many tourists also opting for the horse-carriage vs the air conditioned bus. Infact the entire path from the Nile banks to the temple are just cloistered with foreigners and horses.
We met with Fatima at the entrance of the temple and this temple, although nowhere as grand as any seen so far still seemed a lot more compact in terms of structure. Also note, this temple is one of the more completely preserved temples in Egypt at the moment. The theme that continues to dominate in this temple is the obvious homage to Horus, the Falcon God.
Beyond the pylon is the Great Court with a series of great reliefs on the wall. Here, you also find a second set of Horus statues in black granite which protect the temple's first outer hypostyle hall. This part wasn't as big as other halls in other temples, and I have to say this was one of the more crowded temples I'd seen. Fatima did her best to explain but it was really difficult to follow what she was trying to say, what with a million other guides also talking at the same time, within the same space.
The highlight was seeing the Sanctuary of Horus - it contains a polished granite shrine that once contained a gold statue of Horus. Around this shrine was the oft-mentioned Passage of Victory which contains a series of reliefs and drawings that even today provide valuble information for historians on ancient Egyptian culture and practices.
We spent nearly 2 hours in this temple. It provides a lot of photo op's, perhaps because this is one of the more complete temples around. The weather also wasn't too bad, so we essentially had a good time. We left back for the ship around noon, again by horse. I have to say, the tipping requests some people make is outrageous. Earlier on, when we boarded the horse-carriage, the guy riding the horse offered to take a picture of the 3 of us and we agreed. Now, when he drops us back to the cruise, he asks us for extra money because he "took a picture of us"!!! We couldn't believe his silly demand, and of course we didn't give in.
Shortly after we got on board, our boat headed off. This time in the direction of Kom Ombo. Lunch was good as ever, and we even got a tour of the engine room of the ship. Fatima said she'd meet us at Kom Ombo around 5pm.
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