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Osireion de Abydos

The city of Abydos (ancient name: "Abdjw" ) flourished from the predynastic period
(4000 BCE) of Egypt's history down through Christian times (about 641 CE).
The site of many tombs of predynastic rulers of ancient Egypt, the area soon grew
in religious importance as a cult center for Osiris, first during the Middle
Kingdom,when such a tomb of a First Dynasty king, Djer, was identified as the
"burial site of Osiris", the mythological god-king of the predynastic Egyptians
(referred to as "Osirieon"). This emphasis upon Osiris caused the city to become
a pilgrimage site, as well as a desired place for either direct burial or for the
erection of cenotaphs (monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains
lie elsewhere). Festivals and the passion plays of Osiris' life and death were performed
here from about the 12th Dynasty (1985-1795 BCE) until the Christian era.

Temple of Edfu

Edfu, located on the west bank of the River Nile between Esna and Aswan, is the site of the
Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement, Tell Edfu. Built from sandstone blocks,
the huge  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 temple pylon to be seen on the east side of the first court.

The temple of Edfu is the largest temple dedicated to Horus and was the center of several festivals
sacred to the god. The Temple of Edfu is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one
of the best preserved. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language,
myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt.

The Temple of Edfu
A Guide by an Ancient Egyptian Priest

A Moment of Peace from Dendera

Abu Simbel

Karnak temple-Luxor

David Roberts

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