Esna Temple

Esna Temple

Esna Temple

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The Temple of Esna

Esna temple held a special place among the holiest temples of ancient Egypt, as it represents one of the main aspects of ancient Egyptian life. The temple is an absolutely beautiful piece of remarkable and enchanting architecture. The temple is dedicated to the ram deity Khnum the god of the source of the Nile, his wife Menhit and son Heka plus the goddess Neith.

Esna Temple Location

The temple of Esna is located 485 miles (776 Km) south of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile, 55 km south of Luxor, it lies in the ancient city of Latopolis “City of the Fish” as it held 52 species of fish.

Esna Temple History

Esna temple was firstly constructed by Tuthmosis III (1479 – 1425 BC) who laid the foundation of Esna but was completed by the Ptolemaic and Roman emperors between 40 AD to 250 AD. The temple was honored by the ancient Egyptians who complained with strict rules when it came to ritual purity as the inscriptions carved on the walls stated that the ones who enter the temple were expected to cut their fingernails and toenails, remove other body hair, wash their hands, dress in linen and have no sexual intercourse for several days.

Architecture & Design of Esna

The temple was built using red sandstone and contains a hall of columns with 24 pillars decorated lotus and palm capitals. The walls of the temple are carved with four rows of reliefs showing the names the Ptolemaic and Roman emperors and images of then dressed in Pharaoh Costumes offering sacrifices to the god Khnum. On both sides of the temple are chambers that were used by the priests and keepers of the temple as storerooms. On the edge of every entrance of each room, there are images of Emperor Trajan carrying a litter by six priests with hawk and jackal masks of the gods.

One of the most incredible scenes about Esna temple is the roof which is decorated with astronomical representations, on the gateway of the temple on the left side are the sky goddess Nut, Alpha Draconis a.k.a Thuban (the dragon star), the Dog Star, and Orion’s belt. On the western wall of the front of the temple are images of the god Horus and the god Khnum dragging a net full of fish from the Nile as well as some reliefs of birds, below this imagery is the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded.


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The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

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Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

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The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

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