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Review of Temple of Horus at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu
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Private Day Tour to Aswan: Including Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples from Luxor
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Owner description: Construction on what is the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt began in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes.
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“An unexpected highlight!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

For me, the temple at Edfu was a highlight of my trip to Egypt. Whilst it may not be as large, or historically significant as other temples in Egypt, it is incredibly well preserved! I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Visited December 2013
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“Advice on choosing a calèche (horse-drawn carriage)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

For intriguing information on the temple itself, see below.

Choosing a horse:

We no longer have a choice on the mode of transportation to the Temple of Horus. And it's impossible to walk there. When choosing a calèche, please try to choose a well-treated horse. Some of the horses are unacceptably skinny. Some may even have sores.

If the fee for the calèche ride is included in your cruise package, you may not have a choice of calèche. But if you can choose yourself, then from a distance have a look at which horse seems healthy, then go directly to that one, ignoring other drivers trying to intimidate you into choosing theirs. It's not a queuing system like at a taxi stand, so you really can choose whichever calèche you want.

The going rate is 70LE return which you negotiate before getting in and you pay at the end. During the ride, you may want to offer the driver extra if he doesn't make the horse gallop. I gave him 100LE, telling him that the extra was for the horse. My driver that was parked across the street had a gentle personality, which would explain why he didn't have a prime spot nearer to the cruise ships with the other more aggressive drivers.

The Temple of Horus:

It's mind-boggling how they could have built something so tall so long ago. Fascinatingly, as colossal as this temple is, it was almost completely covered by sand until a little over a hundred years ago, which explains it's exceptional state of preservation. This had also happened to the Sphinx and the temple of Abu Simbel, which leads many archaeologists to believe that other equally impressive structures have yet to be discovered.

Visited July 2013
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Bal Harbour, Florida
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“Horus's EDFU”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

This is absolutely insane, enjoy every second of it ...
as u arrive u have a breath taking view from front till end, and as soon as you walk in it, you find a magnificent infra instructor almost every wall u have designs full of history and legends.

Just dont forget to take a bag with sunblock and loads of water U will need it

Visited July 2013
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Makati, Philippines
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“One of the lesser known sites, but incredibly well preserved”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

This temple was part of the 10-day tour arranged by the local tour agency I chose, Habibi Tours. The facade of the temple was really impressive (as most temple facades in Egypt are!) and you can see how the temple is so maintained and preserved. It's not as grand as sites like Karnak Temple or Abu Simbel but it has a quiet dignity to it.

And speaking of quiet, the place wasn't as jam-packed by tourists and aggressive local sellers, so it was quite nice to go around the temple premises and explore the winding halls without the crowds or harassment of touts.

Visited November 2012
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

this temple was so awesome, the front facade was so tall and inside was so brilliant. The roof was charcoal now as when the place was filled with sand people used it as shelter and made fires but even so it was still a great place to visit.


Visited April 2013
Thank Candice H
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