Adfo, Markaz Edfo, Egypt

The most intact of all of Egypt’s temples, the Temple of Horus at Edfu was built between 237 and 57 BC. Located between Aswan and Luxor, it is the second largest temple of ancient Egypt (after Karnak) and is well preserved because it lay buried under masses of sand until it was discovered by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the 1860s. The temple was built on the spot where ancient Egyptians believed gods Horus and Seth had their legendary battle. The massive façade (118 feet high) is decorated with battle scenes that inspire awe even today. Within the temple are courts and halls and a sanctuary with many decorated chapels, including one that contains a boat intended for the journey to the next world. Contact Indagare to arrange a tour.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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