Through the temples of Egypt, you can travel in time, move to a distant civilization, but still alive in its songs and its statues. The country is full of such places of worship, many of which are still buried under the desert sand. As there are so many, today we invite you to discover only the most spectacular and important ones, so get ready to discover the most spectacular temples in Egypt that you should visit at least once in your life.
Luxor Temple is one of the most spectacular and best maintained temples in the country, and it is only 3,500 years old. It is located in Thebes, the current city of Luxor, which was the capital of Egypt at its most splendid, when the pharaohs were busy erecting enormous edifices to mark eternity.
The set is dedicated to Amun, who was the god of the wind in Egyptian mythology. The temple was hidden until it was discovered in 1884.
The most extraordinary thing about Luxor Temple is its gate, escorted by 6 colossi of Ramses II, one is currently missing, and inside stands a divinely preserved statue of the pharaoh himself, halls with huge poles , a mosque, if you look at the entrance door you will see that it is raised a few meters, which shows how much the earth covered the temple, and the indications of frescoes of an old Christian chapel.
More than a temple, it is a combination of temples: the temple of Montu, the temple of Amón and the temple of the goddess Mut. The most popular part of Karnak is undoubtedly the amazing Great Hypostyle Hall, where you’ll get lost among gigantic columns covered in hieroglyphs. To be there, under these impressive masses of stone, is a wonderful and unforgettable trip down memory lane and you will be surprised at how well maintained they are.
Also, you cannot miss the obelisk of Hatshepsut, about 30 meters high, and its partner, the obelisk of Thutmose I, even if it fell to the ground, the formidable mural of the pharaoh Tutmose III destroying its enemies and in the background the sacred lake, you can locate the statue of the largest stone beetle in the world there, it is said that if you turn it 7 times, your wish will come true.
It is the second largest temple in Egypt, after Karnak, and perhaps the best preserved as it remained covered in desert sand almost entirely until the end of 1800. Construction began in 237 BC under the command of Ptolemy III and was inaugurated in December 57 BC. AD by Ptolemy XII, the father of Cleopatra VII. The precise dates are known since they are engraved on certain reliefs of the temple.
It is dedicated to the god Horus who has the body of a person and the head of a falcon. After crossing its imposing entrance, besieged by two falcons, you come across a room with grandiose columns, in an atmosphere of shadow that will remain with you for almost the entire visit.
Further on you reach the main sanctuary, the so-called “Sacred Boat Room” where there is a Horus Boat, one of the most important symbols of ancient Egyptian culture, which served to transport the deceased to the world of the dead . The one in this temple is not the original, which is in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Temple of Kom Ombo
It is one of the temples you can visit on the Nile cruise.It started to be built under Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC and its main feature and what makes it unique is that it is a group divided into two symmetrical temples, each dedicated to a different god. The southern half was dedicated to the god Sobek, symbolized by the head of a crocodile, while the northern part was dedicated to the god Horus, with the head of a falcon. Therefore, it was built with two entrances, two sanctuaries and two hypostyle halls, although they had common areas.
The most interesting reliefs are those of the god Sobek, which is not common to see in other temples, with the head of a crocodile.
Temple of Philae
It is one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt due to its location in the middle of a small island in the Nile. which reminded us of Hampi, a beautiful city in southern India.
It is dedicated to Isis, the goddess of love. The Philae temple was dismantled piece by piece and transposed to its current location, because with the construction of the Aswan dam the water level would have covered it.
Abu Simbel Temples
This place is considered the great jewel of Egypt. It is made up of two temples dug into the rock in the 13th century BC, one paying homage to Ramses II, and the other to Nefertari, his first wife and great love. On the facade of the first, stand out 4 huge colossi, representing the pharaoh Ramses II. The statues on the second aren’t that big, but they’ll leave your mouth hanging in the same way.
However, once inside you will be impressed by the spectacular reliefs dedicated to the pharaoh himself, exalted to the level of the gods, and his wife Nefertari. The visit is usually not cheap, but worth every penny as it is considered one of the best temples in Egypt.