Temple of Horus, Edfu

#11 of 60 in Historic Sites in Nile River Valley
Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
Probably the country's best preserved ancient site, Temple of Horus was commissioned by Ptolemy III in 237 BCE and finished almost two centuries later. The imposing temple owes its intact condition to silt and sand, which largely covered the structure until its excavation in the 19th century. Exploring the temple chambers, you'll encounter grandiose columns, detailed reliefs on the walls, and statues of Horus, the falcon god that was worshipped in the shrine. On a guided tour of the site, you'll learn more about the story of Horus, the temple's history, and the hieroglyphic inscriptions that adorn the structure. Put Temple of Horus at the forefront of your travel plans using our Edfu trip planner.
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  • Most tourists like us stop here on a Nile cruise.  There seems to be a similar itinerary for the cruises.  Morning arrival, two hours and back on the boat.  A horse and carriage will take you there...  more »
  • Need good guide as this temple has information which says that pharos knew about men sperms and women pregnancy process, 7 skies, and many fascinating facts we knew few years ago with technology.  more »
  • Huge temple, does get very crowded though. You have to take a horse carriage to get to it which is a fun experience. I suggest going with a guide to fully enjoy the temple.
  • Edfu Temple, home to the mighty Egyptian Falcon God Horus - son of Osiris God and the Goddess of Isis. Known as the God of Kings, protector of the pharaohs. Also my all-time favorite Egyptian pharaoh 😍 So-so amazed with this magnificent shrine that I had to #stopdropandyoga before the rest of the tourists arrived 😁🧘‍♂️

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