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Christmas 2014 in Egypt – Edfu
One of our stops along the Nile was at the small town of Edfu, where we travelled by horse drawn carriage.
Edfu Temple of Horus
The best preserved temple in Egypt is the Edfu Temple of Horus.
The hawks of Horus guard the temple gates.
Hieroglyphics on the temple walls.
Temple of Kom Ombo
After we saw the Edfu Horus Temple, we travelled to the Temple of Kom Ombo. In the courtyard in front of the temple entrance is a sacrificial altar.
Hieroglyphics on the temple walls, showing Horus. The temple was dedicated to the Egyptian gods Horus and Sobek.
Kom Ombo Crocodile Museum
Near to the Temple of Kom Ombo is the Kom Ombo Crocodile museum. The Egyptian god, Sobek, is depicted as a crocodile or as a crocodile headed man. Sobek was believed to have created the Nile. A crocodile was always kept at the Kom Ombo Temple and visitors brought him gifts. When the crocodile died, he was embalmed, just like the pharaohs and kept at the temple. Then a new crocodile was selected to represent Sobek. The museum was setup to display the crocodile mummies.
Along the river bank in Edfu, vendors set up shops to sell their merchandise. It was like running a gantlet to try and get back to the ship.