Idfu Travel Guide

  • Idfu
    by MonicaLouise
  • Idfu
    by MonicaLouise
  • Idfu
    by MonicaLouise

Idfu Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Temple, Fun Horseride 

  • Con
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     Tricky people in the souk... 

  • In a nutshell
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     Replay of any hindu Shiva temple visit. 

Idfu Things to Do

  • Horus Temple

    Started in the 3rd century BC, this is referred as the greatest and the best preserved temple in Egypt. Be prepared for long explanations by the guides, since the details are, here, easier to see and to understand (and the cooler inside helps a lot). After the hustle of the short trip to the monument, it's nice to see carefully what, in the other...

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  • Idfu/Edfu Temple

    Taking a river cruise along the Nile, you will most definitely stop at Idfu and visit the Temple of Horace. In all the temples that I visited in Egypt, this one definitely has some of the most impressive engravings and statues. Peruse through others tips and photos. I will not bother posting my entire photo album here...It is south of Luxor and...

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  • Temple of Horus

    The Temple of Horus is dedicated to Horus - the falcon headed Egyptian god. It is considered that it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies. Tourists have a great deal of information about its construction from reliefs on outer areas. Most of the work continued throughout this period with a brief interlude of 20 years while there was unrest...

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  • Temple at Edfu

    The temple at Edfu is the most preserved one in Egypt and this makes it very valuable since it reveals ancient Egyptian architecture and religious decorations on the walls. But we should have in mind that the temple was built at Ptolemaic times i.e. on one hand relatively late and on other hand there can be seen ancient Greek influence.The...

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  • Edfu- temple of Horus

    The temple of Edfu is dedicated to the god Horus. It dates from the Ptolemaic era. The temple is well preserved.Entrance fee to the temple was in march 2006, 35 L.E (Egyptian pound)

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  • Outbuilding and Exterior Images of...

    These remaining images are devoted to the exterior walls which are large and in great condition. The reliefs require considerable study, time that I didn't have then, but wish I had now. There is also the entrance colonnade to the mamissi, which retains considerable color in the shadows away from the harsh Egyptian sun.

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  • Temple of Horus Reliefs and Paint

    There are numerous passageways, and I have many photos of them. The images here are a sample of what may be seen. One of the more interesting painted images of Nut, the goddess of the sky. Outside is the passage of victory that celebrates the triumph of Horus the falcon over Seth the hippo.

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  • Great Hypostyle Hall at Temple of Horus

    Second in size only to Karnak, the great Hypostyle Hall is in a much better state of preservation. The Greek style capitals and stone ceiling show considerable smoke damage suggesting that for a period at least, the temple was occupied as a residence. There are numerous passages where photography is challenging due to low light levels. In one part...

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  • Temple of Horus Entrance and Forecourt

    The first pylon is huge and has a comparatively large entrance gate, to the right of which stands a statue of the god Horus, the falcon headed son of Osiris and Isis. Seth killed Osiris, and so the Horus avenged his father's death, according to legend on this very spot. Horus killed his uncle in mortal combat, a scene depicted on the first pylon...

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  • Statue of Horus

    The termple of Horus is dedicated to Horus, the falcon and outside the temple there is an ancient statue in his memory.

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  • Local transport 2

    The temple of Horus, is a fair way from the banks of the Nile, so if you arrive by boat, you need to arrange transport.There is no shotage of the horse drawn variety to speed you on your way. It is best to agree a price with your driver in advance, and for the animal lovers slip him a few quid extra and make sure the horse gets fed.

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  • Local transport

    As in the rest of Egypt, the pace of life is slow and the use of donkey carts is as common as that of motor vehicles.

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  • Shoping

    As with the rest of Egypt, where there are temples, there are tourists, and where there are tourists there are many stalls to tempt you away from your money.

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  • Modern Edfu

    The temple site at Edfu is much smaller than it was in ancient times, many of its remains now lie underneath the modern town.

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  • Temple of Horus 2

    The main building was the great Temple of Horus Behedti. It was begun on August 23, 237 BCE, by Ptolemy III. In 206 BCE, work was halted by an insurrection, during which two chiefs from the Theban area declared themselves independent of Ptolemaic rule (history repeating itself, perhaps). The temple was formally dedicated in 142 BCE by Ptolemy VIII...

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  • Temple of Horus

    The Temple of Horus, a sandstone Ptolemaic temple, dedicated to Horus, is the most complete and best preserved of all the temples of Egypt. It was built on the site of a New Kingdom temple, which was oriented east to west, the Ptolemaic structure follows instead a north-south axis. In Graeco-Roman times Edfu was called Apollinopolis Magna, the...

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  • Half Reliefs - typical style

    The Egyptians of the Pharaonic times had a very special and impressive stile when doing some artwork - be it as half reliefs or paintings or hieroglyphs.Interesting is, that all this Art was for religious purposes only and most of them was hidden inside of temples or tombs where only priests had access.It was important for the Egyptians to show the...

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  • Sidewalk of the temple

    The temple has sidewalks that are richly decorated, mostly with reliefs on the story of the god Horus and how he defeated Seth.There are some funny pictures showing Seth as a Hyppopothamus or pig - look out for them!What is interesting here are the stones that you see coming out of the wall at the right.If they were in another country one would say...

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  • The holy bark

    Every god "lived" in the temple that was built for him, or rather in a statue in the most holy room. That statue which was made form pure gold was taken out, washed and treated with oil and incense every day. Food and drink was sacrificed, so that the god would choose to stay inside the statue.Since the god had mostly also some kind of family and...

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  • Hieroglyphs at Edfu

    In the Edfu temple, there is a whole room with Hieroglyphs. Here are the recipies for medicine, creams, oils and burn incenses written and preserved on the walls.Hieroglyphs were only used for religious purposes, - for which they are well suited with their elegant and mystic forms - so you find them in temples and such, but the normal people used...

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  • Horus - Edfu is one of his temples

    The picture shows the god Horus as a Falcon with the crown of the Pharao for the upper and lower Egypt.All Pharaos got their power from Horus, and they are compared with him.Horus is a quite complicated god, he is pictured differently, sometimes as a falcon or a human with the head of a falcon, sometimes with the sign of the sun over his head (as...

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Idfu Transportation

  • Bridge across the Nile at Edfu

    There is a bridge across the Nile in Edfu. I was nearly surprised how low it was! Though our boat wasn’t very high with its 4 decks, when it was passing by the bridge a sailor had to incline the aerial that it had not touched the arches of the bridge.

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  • Horse Carriage - Fiacre

    As the temple is on the distance of several kilometers from the bank of the Nile right after leaving boats tourists may see numerous horse carriages - fiacres. For the majority of tourists it appears a pleasant and unexpected surprise. You will agree, that the trip by a fiacre is much more attractive, than a trip by a usual excursion bus. East...

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  • Edfu (Idfu) harbor

    Cruise boats, which begin their way from Luxor to Aswan, usually make their first stop in Edfu early in the morning.When we have moored to the bank at Edfu harbor, about ten moored boats already stood there. They are usually moored to each other. Therefore several chains of three - four boats in each were moored along the bank of the Nile. Last...

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Idfu Shopping

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    Edfu - Go Egyptian shopping 2 more images

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Fiacres arrive to the parking which is surrounded numerous trading shops. Tourist cannot reach the Temple of Horus which they want to see without passing numerous dealers. Sometimes it happens to be a difficult test. Dealers are very persevering. Sometimes their persistence becomes unpleasant.

    If you have decided to buy something you should remember that there is nothing there which would cost more than $10! The most popular price is $1.

    You may see the Egyptian bazaar on my Edfu Bazaar 1,17 minute VIDEO CLIP with Shag Rugge music.

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Idfu Local Customs

  • Tourist Time

    Several boats approach the harbour, and the struggle begins: hundreds of horse-drawn carriages flock to the adjacent streets, and, in a tremendous confusion, each guide dispatches his clients to the mandatory destination - Horus temple. No words can describe, the momentous confusion, but in a few minutes everybody is gone. The return is much more...

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  • Extra payment for fiacre

    Cost of a trip on fiacre is usually included in cost of cruise. Therefore guides usually warn tourists of that they did not give in on requests of drivers to pay for a trip one more time. However it appears to be made uneasy. From quay up to the Temple our driver was demanding extra money. As I liked the trip - he valiantly urged on a horse and we...

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Idfu Warnings and Dangers

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 17, 2007

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    About ten years passed since the awful Luxor Massacre. It took place on 17 November 1997 at Deir el-Bahri – the West Bank of Luxor. I remember that days when the world has shuddered from this event.

    The tourist industry was injured very much. During several years almost nobody from Western countries visited Egypt (except Russian tourists). Years passed and we forgot it. Nevertheless the danger still exists…

    That’s why you can see a lot of armed guards everywhere.

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  • General background

    The town of Edfu (or another name Idfu) is located on the west bank of the Nile River almost on a half way from Luxor to Aswan. It means one hundred and fourteen kilometers south of Luxor and one hundred and eleven kilometers Aswan further south. Cruise boats which begin their way from Luxor to Aswan usually make their first stop in Edfu early in...

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  • Edfu Temple 2

    Most visitors to the temple arrive by cruise boat and then take a horse-drawn carriage to the temple where vendors are ready to sell you all manner of souvenirs. Inside the temple's pylons is a large courtyard. Just before the entrance to the first of two hypostyle halls is a welcoming statue of Horus. Inside the hypostyle halls are dominated by a...

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  • Edfu Temple

    Of all the temple remains in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. The later structure faces north to south and leaves the ruined remains of the older...

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