Luxor and Temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu, Egypt

Kom Ombo Temple Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple - Egypt
Avenue of Sphinx Luxor Temple Egypt
Avenue of Sphinx - Luxor Temple, Egypt
Temple of Horus Edfu Egypt
Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt
Luxor Temple at Night Egypt
Luxor Temple at Night 
- Luxor, Egypt

Luxor Temple Egypt
Luxor Temple - Luxor, Egypt
Nefertiti Luxor Temple Egypt
Nefertiti - Luxor Temple, Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple - Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple - Egypt
Luxor and Temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu, Egypt (5/6/2010) - Luxor Temple was a highlight of our trip up the Nile River.

The city of Luxor is the largest city in Upper Egypt near the site of the ancient city of Thebes, which was the religious and cultural capital of ancient Egypt for centuries. Hence, the large number of significant temples in this area including the Valleys of the Kings & Queens and the astonishing Karnak Temple featured in another blog post. 

Founded in 1400 BC and added to for centuries, even up to Roman times, the Luxor Temple (see photos) is a large ancient Egyptian temple complex located in the heart of the city of Luxor on the Nile River. We had the chance to see Luxor Temple lit up at night - beautiful! An amazing Avenue of Sphinxes (see photo) once extended all the way to Karnak Temple some 2 miles downriver.

Map of Egypt
Map of Egypt
Erected in the 2nd century BC, Kom Ombo Temple (see photo) is actually dual temples - we think to get double the contributions. One temple was dedicated to the bad crocodile god Sobek. There exists a secret tunnel that allowed priests to give the ‘voice’ of god to people visiting the temple. Huh – double contributions and being god... the priests at Kom Ombo Temple seemed to have quite a racket going on back then.

The Temple of Horus in Edfu (see photo) was built between 237 BC and 57 BC, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Of all the temple remains left in Egypt, the Temple of Horus (looks like a falcon bird) at Edfu is the most completely preserved because it was the last large temple constructed and it was located well above the Nile River escaping water damage.

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