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Tour to Edfu Esna Temples from Luxor
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Tour Itinerary

Time Activity
06:00 Meet with your guide in Luxor hotel
06:15 Transfer to Esna
09:00 Khnum temple exploration
10:00 Transfer to Edfu
12:00 Horus temple walking tour
14:00 Back to Luxor

Edfu Esna Tour

Day tour to Edfu temple and Esna temple of Khnum from Luxor runs as a private excursion. We start our Luxor to Edfu trip early in the morning, our English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel in Luxor and you will take a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-bus towards Aswan. Our first goal is a small town of Esna, located on the banks of the Nile. Here we will visit a very beautiful small temple, built in honor of the god Khnum. Inspection of the temple will not take much time, since only a small part of it is preserved, but this temple is of considerable historical interest, since the name of Emperor Trojan Décius (AD 249-251) is the last Roman name that appears in the royal cartouche.

The temple is located almost in the center of the city, among the houses and lies on a lot below the current level of the ground, so we will have to take a long flight of stairs down to reach the temple. Esna temple belongs to the Roman period of the Ptolemies, and is one of the last temples built in Egypt. It was dedicated to the god Khnum and several other deities, including Nate, Hecke, Satat and Menhee.

After a tour of the temple, we will continue our journey towards the city of Edfu. There we will explore another ancient temple dedicated to the god Horus.

The temple at Edfu is built entirely in the style of the Ptolemies, the belt of texts on the outer side of the temple wall indicates that it was begun in 237 BC and completed in 57 BC. It is dedicated to the god Horus, the goddess Hathor and their son, Horus the youngest. The whole temple, including its corridors, halls, sanctuaries, internal chapels and external walls are decorated with beautiful reliefs. This is one of the most beautiful and certainly the best preserved monument of Egypt of this era. In fact, there are no ancient monuments in the world that can match it. In front of the entrance, guarding the temple, stands a large granite statue of the god Horus Hawk - one of two found outside the western tower. On his head we see the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

After a sightseeing tour of the temple of Horus, we will return to Luxor.

Date: 2018-11-01
Updated: 2019-01-20

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