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Edfu is located 60km north of Aswan. It was the 2nd Nome of Upper Egypt and the center of the cult of a triad of gods, which consisted of Horus of Behdet, Hathor, and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy. In the old Greek documents, Edfu was known as "Apollopolis Magna" because the Greeks identified Horus with their god Apollo.

Edfu flourished in ancient times. Today, the most important monument in the city of Edfu is the Temple of Horus, one of the most beautiful and preserved Temples in Egypt. Its origins likely date back to the Second Intermediate Period, but the actual Temple only dates back to Ptolemaic times.

The Edfu Temple consists of traditional elements of Egyptian Temples of the New Kingdom, together with a few Greek elements, such as the mamisi (house of divine birth), which is situated to the west of the main entrance of the Temple.

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The main entrance of Edfu Temple showing the first pylon
Monument information
Type Temple
Location Egypt
Nome Wetjes-Hor
Hieroglyphic name
F18
D46
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O49

(Bḥd.t)

Deity Horus (primary), HathorHarsomtus
Historical information
Period Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty Ptolemaic dynasty
Construction start date August 23, 237 BCE
Completion date 57 BCE
Architectural description
Construction material Sandstone
Height 36 meters
Width 3

76 meters

Length 79 meters

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