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  • I AM SPARTACUS !!!!
    I AM SPARTACUS !!!!
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  • Old and the New...
    Old and the New...
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  • Edfu Marketplace..
    Edfu Marketplace..
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    Falcon God...

    by kenmerk Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Falcon Statue at Edfu...

    Favorite thing: Since this temple is dedicated to Horus, who is the Falcon god, there are a few images of falcons about the temple grounds.

    Two falcon statues guard the main entrance, and another one is situated in front of the entrance of the Hall of Consecrations.

    In the most inner chamber of this temple, the Sanctuary of Horus, is where the great golden pagan statue of Horus was kept. (long gone though)

    Presumably in ancient times, the statue was paraded about town on auspicious days and worshipped...

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    Good condition, Low miles...

    by kenmerk Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Columns in the Court of Offerings at Horus, Edfu..

    Favorite thing: You'll find that the Horus temple at Edfu is one of the best preserved in all of Egypt. It was completed in 57 BC by Ptolemy XII, who just so happens to be Cleopatra's father.

    Though it was built during the Greek period, it is in the classic Egyptian style and pays homage to the ancient Greek God of Horus.

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    Old and New

    by kenmerk Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Old and the New...

    Favorite thing: You will see the contrasts between old and new in close quarter at Edfu.

    The simple mud brick homes, complete with space age satellite dishes, come in quite close quarters with the high walls of the ancient Horus temple here...

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    Running the Gauntlet

    by kenmerk Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Edfu Marketplace..

    Favorite thing: After being dropped off by the chariot driver, you must now run the gauntet of trinket sellers in the main market before gaining access into the Horus Temple at Edfu...

    Like most tourist towns in this stretch of the Nile Valley, this can be something of an effort. One guy here kept trying to give me a "Free Gift" as a come on to look at his stuff... The free gift was a ragged piece of pink cloth.... I passed.... repeatedly...

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    Make a Wish

    by kenmerk Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Make a Wish....

    Favorite thing: More Hieroglyphics Interpreted: Here the Pharaoh (He of pointy hat) and Horus (Skinny guy with the Bird face) are obviously engage in a competition of some gravity...

    Between them they both hold separate legs of what is most probably a turkey wish bone.
    It is my interpretation that they will both pull in opposing direction, and he who holds the longer piece at the outset will be declared the victor. And thus will be granted one wish of his choosing....

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    Ben Hur

    by kenmerk Written Jan 7, 2004

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    I AM SPARTACUS !!!!

    Favorite thing: If you have never had the honour of seeing a live production of Ben Hur, then by all means you must come to Edfu.

    Here horse chariots, in the style of the Roman Gladiators, outnumber motor vehicles by 20 to 1. And as such, this is the most convenient form of transportation to make it from the boat docks to the market and Horus temple, which are this small town.

    Just hold onto your hat, these guys are good...

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    Such a well preserved temple

    by NoodleT Written Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Edfu is so well preserved because it was covered in sand for hundreds of years. It was covered up to mark you can see on these hypostyles. Local villagers used to live in it and cook their food on fires which is why the ceiling is so black.

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    Practise understanding hieroglyphics

    by NoodleT Written Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The temple is so well preserved that the hieroglyphics are incredibly clear. It's a good place to practise deciphering them.

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