Egypt: Day 5 (Temple at Edfu)

In the afternoon, when we disembarked from the ship, we were docked on the opposite bank of the Nile. Numerous horse carriages were waiting for us. In order to get to the temple we had to take a horse carriage from the Nile through the city to the temple - about 15-20-minute ride. I believe only horse carriages are allowed here. I don't remember seeing any buses inside the parking area.

Past ticket booth is a long line of stalls offering all kinds of souvenir items before reaching the temple. This article is very helpful in learning about the temple, click here. You know me and my proclivity to not paying attention to the guide, hehe.

The temple dedicated to Horus or the falcon god (just like the Temple we visited earlier in the day), but this one is more intact, more well preserved. Not necessarily more appealing, because every temple has a different charm. The courtyard past the pylon (gateway) is spacious and flanked by columns.

Again, the walls and columns were replete with decorations. You can tell this was a massive structure. When you step inside, history overwhelms you. Some places speak to you and others don't. This one definitely spoke to me.

Once our guided tour ended and we were left on our own to explore, enterprising individuals approached us to get access to "closed off" areas. Thankfully, we didn't get tempted. I'm sure it's a scam.

The weather was very hot and on the way out, we passed by a European tourist collapsed on the ground being tended to by his group. It's really important to keep hydrated.

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Passed by a busy markert.

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Parking area.

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Us arriving in style.

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  1. So quiet,looks like you have the temple for yourself.

  2. Hello, what a wonderful trip. The details and carvings on the buildings are just amazing. Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Monday, wishing you a great day and happy new week!

  3. Simply wonderful. What a shame that the Egyptian people cannot sort out the terrorists in their midst so that tourists can visit in bigger numbers.

  4. What great photos. I was there in 2010 and your post has brought back some vivid memories.

  5. An incredible tour Maria...thank you for sharing your remarkable pictures. I am amazed you got all of these with no other tourists in them.

  6. An amazing structure. What is pictured in the last photo?
    Thanks for sharing at

  7. What an amazing, imposing temple. The carvings are very interesting. Thanks for sharing through your photos!

  8. Unbelievable, Maria. Seriously. I especially like the one image where the man is sitting and you get the immense scale of the temple. WOW.

  9. Gorgeous photos and what a journey for you and lovely to see the photos ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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