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Day Four: The almost completely preserved Edfu Temple

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Locals gather for shai in Edfu city centre

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.

trying my hand at a new job..;-)
She gave us a choice of heading out to Edfu temple - either we ride with her or we take a horse carriage. Parents wanted option #1, I wanted option #2 and well... I won!

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.

Pylon of the Horus Temple at Edfu
As is the case, this temple also begins with a massive pylon that greets visitors, and right at the entrance are 2 granite falcons.

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.

another front shot

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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jenniferhibbard says:
Nice photos
Posted on: Sep 22, 2012
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Locals gather for shai in Edfu cit…
Locals gather for shai in Edfu ci…
trying my hand at a new job..;-)
trying my hand at a new job..;-)
Pylon of the Horus Temple at Edfu
Pylon of the Horus Temple at Edfu
another front shot
another front shot
ruins near the temple
ruins near the temple
Horus, the Falcon God
Horus, the Falcon God
Reliefts at The Horus Temple at Ed…
Reliefts at The Horus Temple at E…
Paintings inside the corridor
Paintings inside the corridor
paintings with the original colour
paintings with the original colour
The Sanctuary of Horus
The Sanctuary of Horus
Heiroglyphics on walls across the …
Heiroglyphics on walls across the…
inside the Great Court
inside the Great Court
outside the temple, horse-carriage…
outside the temple, horse-carriag…
Local market vendors selling galla…
Local market vendors selling gall…
Edfu by The Nile
Edfu by The Nile
city view from The Nile
city view from The Nile
Edfu
photo by: mario26