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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

Ancient Egypt Temples

Temples were very important in ancient Egypt and people believed that these were places where gods and goddesses lived. Every god or goddess had a different temple where he or she was worshipped by the priests of the temple and the pharaoh. Temples here were not a place of communal worship and it was just the king and the priests who conducted rituals and that too after rigorous purification. Public was allowed here only during the festivals when the god came out of the temple.

Ancient Egypt Temples

 

Types of temples

Ancient Egypt Temples

There were two types of temples built during ancient Egyptian period. The first one was a cult temple that was dedicated to a particular god or goddess an example is the Temple of Horus at Edfu and the Temple of Isis at Aswan. Second type of temples were the mortuary temples which were dedicated to the pharaoh after their death and where these were worshipped as a god, an example is the Temples of Ramesses II at Thebes.

How were the temples made?

Ancient Egypt Temples

The larger temples in Egypt were made out of stone to ensure they last longer. The floors of the temples rose through courts and halls of columns which were shaped in the form of papyrus, palms and lotus that were plants on the island. The ceilings of the temples were decorated with stars and the sanctuary represented the primeval mound by being at the highest point. The east to west orientation of the temples which could be seen in most temples meant that the sun rose between the towers of the monuments lying at the gateway and the sun set over the shrine. The inside of the temples was decorated with the pharaoh performing the cult rituals of the deity and also scenes of the pharaoh fighting in battles, while on the outside the pharaoh was shown repelling the forces of chaos.

Some famous temples of ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt Temples

The earliest temples of ancient Egypt were constructed around 4th millennium BC and depicted the shape of reed huts. The last of the Egyptian temples was built at Philae which was stopped using after the 6th century AD, so the temples of ancient Egypt covered a large variety of different structures that evolved over a long period of time. When visiting Egypt its mandatory to pay visit to such places to complete the tour.

The temples of Egypt which seem to be the most famous of all have been mentioned below, these are ten in number here Ancient Egypt Temples

  • Medinet Habu
  • Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Philae Temples
  • Temple of Edfu
  • Temple of Seti I
  • Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Luxor Temple
  • Abu Simbel
  • Larnak

Temples in ancient Egypt were placed on a very high value and these played an important role in the economy of the country as well, the temples were endowed with large agricultural lands where a large number of people were employed. . The temple was believed to be the physical location where the Egyptian could connect with the gods.

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