Horus’ divine position in ancient Egyptian religion
Horus’ dedicated Temples
Temple of God Horus at Edfu
The Temple of Horus in Edfu is one of the most impressive and well-preserved temples in Egypt. This temple exists on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu, Aswan Governorate. Ancient Egyptians dedicated this largest temple to Horus and Hathor of Dendera.
History of the Temple of God Horus at Edfu
The construction of the present temple started on 23 August 237 BC during the reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes. However, in 57 BC, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos, known as Auletes, completed it. The Ptolemies it built on the site of an earlier, smaller temple also dedicated to Horus. However, the Ancient Egyptian builders oriented the previous structure east-west rather than north-south as in the present site. The Ancient Egyptians built this older temple during the New Kingdom by Ramses I, Seti I and Ramses II. A ruined pylon lies just to the east of the current temple.
Later, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos, Cleopatra VII’s father, completed this sandstone temple some 180 years.