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The Temples Of Egypt

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 hereAncient 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.

Temples of Egypt

Luxor Temple

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Karnak Temple

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The Temple Of Hatshepsut At Deir El-Bahri

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The Temple Of Kom Ombo

The Location of the Temple of Kom Ombo The small town of Kom Ombo...

The Temple Of Edfu

City of Edfu: Edfu is located 60km north of Aswan. It...

The Temple Of Dendera

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The Temple Of Medinet Habu

The Temple of Medinet Habu is one of the largest memorial temples in...

The Temple Of Maharraqa

A small temple that dates back the end of the Greco-Roman period. Its...

The Temples Of Abu Simbel

The Temples of Abu Simbel are some of...

The Temple Of Derr

This temple, located 208 KM south of Aswan, was...

The Temple Of Wadi Es-Sebua

Egypt's temple of Wadi Es-Sebua is...

The Temple Of Dekka

South Egpyt's Temple of Dekka is about 100km...

The Temple Of Abydos

The Temple of Abydos is west of El-Baliana, a town in Sohag...

The Temple Of The Ramesseum

Temple of the Ramesseum was built by Ramses II the as a...

The Temple Of Esna

Esna is about 485 miles (776 Km) south of Cairo and lies on...

The Temple Of Kalabsha

So called after the village of Kalabsha which is located 65...

The Temple Kiosk Of Qertassi

The Temple of Qertassi is dedicated to goddess Hathor goddess of love...

The Mortuary Temple Of Amenhotep III

The Mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III was built in the West...

The Mortuary Temple Of Khentkaus II

The Mortuary Temple of KhentKaus II is the temple of the...

The Mortuary Temple Of Montuhotep II

Montuhotep II is regarded as the first Pharaoh of the...

The Mortuary Temple Of Neferefre

The Mortuary Temple of Neferefre is also known as the...

The Mortuary Temple Of Neferirkare

The pyramid of Neferirkare is located at Abusir, the...

The Mortuary Temple Of Niuserre

Building pyramids for the Egyptian Pharaohs so that they...

The Mortuary Temple Of Sahure

The mortuary temple or the Pyramid of Sahure is situated in...

The Mortuary Temple Of Djedefre

The Pyramid of Djedefre is situated at Abu Rawash, a new...

The Mortuary Temple Of Khafre

The Pyramid of Khafre is also known as the Pyramid of...

The Mortuary Temple Of Khufu

The Pyramid of Khufu is also known as the Great Pyramid of...

The Mortuary Temple Of Menkaure

The Pyramid of Menkaure was built in Giza Necropolis, next...

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