Where is Edfu Temple Located?
Edfu temple is one of the most beautiful temples and the second largest temple in Egypt in addition to being one of the most-preserved temples in Egypt, It’s known to be“Temple of Horus”. It’s located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu city between Luxor and Aswan. It was built on top of the battleground of Horus and Seth as ancient Egyptians believed. It’s dedicated to the god Hours of Behdet, Hathor and their son Hor-Sama-Tawy, which shows the influences of the Greek culture within the traditional Egyptian culture.
When was the Temple Built?
Temple of Horus begun construction in the period of the Ptolemy III on 23 of August 237 B.C and completed in a period of the Ptolemy XII in 57 B.C.
The fusion between the Greek and the Egyptian culture is represented in “Mamisi” or “Birth House” which was used for re-enacting the divine birth of Horus and Pharaoh. The ”Mamisi” is located in the west of the entrance of the temple. It’s 36m in hight with two granite statues of Horus the falcon-headed god in order to protect it. The wall was decorated with Ptolemy XII smashing skulls of this enemies.
The Hypostyle Hall was built by Ptolemy VII (145-116 BC) it consists of two rows of 12 columns support its roof, there is also a statue of Horus in the shape of a falcon.
The holiest region of the temple is “Sanctuary of Horus”, it contains a black granite shrine, that was decorated by Nectanebo II, the wall shows Ptolemy IV worshipping Horus.
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