Friday, February 03, 2006

The Temple of Horus at Edfu

The facade of the Temple of Horus at Edfu. It is one of the most intact entrances to all of the temples in Egypt. Horus is the falcon god. This particular temple was buried for over 2,000 years.

The temple began construction in 237 BC and took about 25 years for the main temple and the rest was finished around 51 BC. This was the last reign of Egypt by a Pharoah, the last three being Ptolemy XIII, XIV and XV, which ended in 30 BC. Many believe Cleopatra VII (THE Cleopatra) also reigned and was the last Pharoah of Egypt along with Ptolemy XV.

This is a photo of one of the granite statues of the falcon god Horus. Every New Years each temple, all throughout Egypt, would have a procession of priests carrying the statue (smaller than this one, of course) of that particular temple's god, to the roof where it would get energy from the sun for the new year.

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