Edfu Travel Blog› entry 34 of 40 › view all entries
Edfu is actually a very small town, but is known for the ancient temple there. We woke up very early this morning (to avoid some of the heat) and took a horse and carriage ride out to the temple. This temple is dedicated to the god Horus, who was a god of protection in ancient times. Horus was the falcon god, so we learned a lot about how he played into their mythology. There were so many gods that it was almost impossible for us to keep them straight, but it was fun learning about who was related to who and what their roles were.
The heiroglyphs were also really neat to see. Each of these temples was covered top to bottom with them. Since each temple was symmetrical, the same heiroglyphs that were on the left side had to be mirrored and placed on the right side, in the same location on the wall...how did they do that? As you wander around the temple, you can see stories played about, about gods and people, giving offerings, hunting, death, etc. Of course, rulers would have their place on the walls as well. Each pharoah would come along and add his piece to the temple.
After leaving Edfu Temple, we grabbed lunch on the boat as we sailed to Kom Ombo.