Travel Back In Time With These 10 Egyptian Temples

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Karnak Temple

Located in the ancient Thebes, Karnak is a complex of structures dedicated to god Amun-Ra with the earliest structure dating back to 2000 BC. The Hypostyle Hall within Karnak Temple is one of the most impressive architectural achievements of ancient Egypt.

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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is situated on the east bank of the Nile and was constructed around 1400 BC during the era of Amenhotep III. It is a unique complex that features elements from both the Egyptian and Greco-Roman periods.

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Abu Simbel

Constructed in the 13th century BC during Pharaoh Ramses II's rule, Abu Simbel is a mountain-side temple known for its unique entrance alignment. Twice annually, the rising sun illuminates the inner sanctum, revealing statues of gods, with Ptah, the god of darkness, in shadow.

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Temple of Edfu

Dedicated to god Horus, the Edfu is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It belongs to the Ptolemaic period (237 - 57 BC) and is famous for its inscriptions and reliefs. The temple took nearly two years to built.

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Temple of Kom Ombo

Situated by the Nile, the Kom Ombo Temple honours Sobek and Horus the Elder. Additionally, the temple houses a captivating Crocodile Museum, featuring mummified crocodiles, revealing the respect ancient Egyptians held for Sobek.

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Philae Temple

Dating from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, Philae is dedicated to the goddess Isis. An impressive enigeneering feat is associated with it as it had to be relocated in he 20th century to Agilkia Island preserving it from flooding.

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Colossi of Memnon

The Colossi of Memnon, statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III from the 14th century BC, gained fame for their enigmatic "singing" during dawn, attributed to temperature and humidity shifts. This phenomenon, which once fascinated ancient travellers, has ceased due to statue damage.

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Temple of Hatshepsut

Also known as Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut is located on the west bank of Nile. It was built during the 15th-century BC. It is dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut and exemplifies the story of her divine birth and her successful rule as pharaoh.

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Medinet Habu

Medinet Habu is a vast complex dedicated to god Amun and Ramses III. It dates back to 12th-century BC and has nicely preserved inscriptions. The temple is known for its "Harem Conspiracy" reliefs, which depict the trials and punishments of those involved in a plot against Ramses III.

Medinet Habu | Depositphotos

Temple of Seti I

Situated in Abydos, Seti I was built during 13th-century BC by Pharaoh Set I. It is dedicated to the god Osiris and is popular for its detailed and well-preserved hieroglyphics.

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