God Horus

God Horus

God Horus is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. He was the God of the Kingdom, the sky, and the God of Living. Horus is the son of Isis and Osiris.

Horus’ divine position in ancient Egyptian religion

The earliest recorded form of Horus is the tutelary deity of Nekhen in Upper Egypt. Following the unification of Egypt by rulers from Nekhen, the conception arose that the reigning king was a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death.

Thus, the ancient Egyptians worshipped Horus from late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt.

Horus’ dedicated Temples

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped the god Horus among the different gods known in the Egyptian temples. At the same time, they also dedicated the Temple of Edfu to his cult.

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.

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  1. The most significant of all the deities in Ancient Egypt. He was the god of the Kingdom and the son of Goddess Isis and God Orisis. The temple of Edfu was also dedicated to him. This temple was built of sandstone.This is one of the largest temple dedicated to Horus and Hathor of Dendera. Please visit.

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