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Private Trip to Dendera temple and Abydos temple
Discover Dendera temple and Abydos temple in a private tour. The ancient temples of Hathor and Osiris are located in the town of Qena, and is about three hours’ drive from Hurghada. These awe-inspiring temples are over 3,000 years old and are a must-see for any history buff. If you love history, you can get an Egyptologist guide to give you a tour of these fascinating temples. The guide can explain their significance in ancient Egyptian culture.
The temple of Hathor worships to the goddess of love, music, and healing. The temple of Osiris honors to the god of the afterlife.
Discover the temples of Dendera and Abydos in a private trip
The Dendera temple is located about 45 minutes from Qena, and it pays tribute to the goddess Hathor. The temple has a fascinating history. The Dendera temple is ancient, with its original building period attributed to the Late Period (circa. 664-525 BC). However, the temple burned a few years later and the people rebuilt it during the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BC). The temple is home to some beautiful carvings and hieroglyphs, as well as a unique ceiling depicting the goddess Nut in her infinite form.
Abydos temple is located about three hours’ drive from Qena, and it’s dedicated to the pharaoh Seti I. It was a necropolis for Egypt’s earliest kings and later became a pilgrimage center for the worship of the god Osiris. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Egypt. It’s also one of the most important religious sites in Ancient Egyptian culture, as locals believe that Abydos was the place where Seti will transform into Osiris and ascend to the status of God. The temple is home to some beautiful carvings and hieroglyphs, as well as a unique ceiling depicting scenes from Egyptian mythology.
A private tour with an Egyptologist guide (available at the temples for extra cost) can help you make the most of your visit to these landmarks. They can explain the significance of these temples in ancient Egyptian culture and give you some interesting insights into how Ancient Egyptians used them.
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The Temple of Hathor was largely constructed during the Late Ptolemaic period, specifically during the reign of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VII. Later additions were made during the Roman period. Although built by a dynasty of rulers who were not native Egyptians themselves, the design of this temple has been found to be in accordance with that of other classical Egyptian temples, with the exception of the front of the hypostyle hall, which, according to an inscription above the entrance, was constructed by Emperor Tiberius.
Apart from these, there are also scenes in the temple complex portraying the Ptolemaic rulers. For example, carved onto the external face of one of the temple walls is a huge relief of Cleopatra VII and her son by Julius Caesar and co-ruler, Ptolemy XV (better known as Caesarion). The two Ptolemaic rulers are shown dressed in Egyptian garb, and offering sacrifices.
Hathor was also regarded as a goddess of healing, and this is evident in the presence of a sanatorium in the temple complex. Here, pilgrims would come to be cured by the goddess. Sacred water (which was made holy by having it poured onto statues inscribed with sacred texts) was used for bathing, unguents were dispensed by the priests of Hathor, and sleeping quarters were provided for those hoping that the goddess would appear in their dreams, and so aid them.
Considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt, the sacred city of Abydos was the site of many ancient temples, including Umm el-Qa'ab, a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed. These tombs began to be seen as extremely significant burials and in later times it became desirable to be buried in the area, leading to the growth of the town's importance as a cult site.
Today, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List. It is a chronological list showing cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs of Egypt from Menes until Ramesses I, Seti's father. The Great Temple and most of the ancient town are buried under the modern buildings to the north of the Seti temple. Many of the original structures and the artifacts within them are considered irretrievable and lost; many may have been destroyed by the new construction.
Abydos was one of the most important religious sites to ancient Egyptians. Much like modern Muslims hope to complete a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, ancient Egyptians would have hopes to visit Abydos, which for them was strongly associated with the entrance into the afterlife.
Although there were several temples constructed here, the largest and most significant is known as the Temple of Seti I. Seti I was the father of the great Ramesses II, who actually completed the construction of most of the temple after his father’s death.
Coming to power only 30 years after the upheaval associated with Akhenaten’s heretical rule, known as the Amarna Period, Seti I was concerned with reestablishing faith in the pantheon of Pre-Amarna gods that Akhenaten had sought to destroy. As a result, the temple he built contains small chapels dedicated to each of the major gods: Ptah, Re-Harakhte, Amun-Re, Osiris, Isis, Horus, and also one to Seti himself. Much of the temple complex is no longer present, including the pylon and the first two courtyards so visitors to enter through a doorway into the hypostyle hall. Many of the wall reliefs inside are well preserved and the reliefs toward the back of the temple, completed during Seti’s reign, are considered to be among the finest in any temple throughout Egypt.