I’m sure you have heard a lot about ancient Egypt and perhaps you have this huge curiosity about this North African Country.
Let me tell you, is amazing, once you are there, you feel that you are in another time. All the knowledge you already have about this historical place emerge and all the famous characters you had ever heard of, resurrect in every step you take in this ancient land.
Maybe you remember Cleopatra, Ramses II, and Tutankhamun. But when you arrive to Egypt you will learn more about others historical characters, like Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis III, Amenophis III, among others.
Yes, it is a journey of knowledge!!
Egypt is a beautiful country you can’t miss. But also it’s a huge one. Full of ancient history, is considered the oldest travel destination.
So, here I bring you the top 5 Temples you can’t miss while traveling Egypt. Those are the one I through love.
Abu Simbel Temple.
At the south of Egypt, close to Nubia, there is one of the most beautiful temples you’ll find. Located on the western bank of Lake Nasser.
They are two massive Temples, The Great Temple and the Small Temple, built during the reign of Ramses II.
The Great temple was dedicated to the God Ra and Ramses II, and the small temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari, one of Ramses wife.
Temple of Hathor.
This temple is located in the city of Dendera on the west bank of the Nile. The Temple dates to the Ptolemaic and Roman period.
Is dedicated to Hathor who was a major goddess in ancient Egypt and one of the most important deities for the egyptians at that time, she represents joy, beauty, motherhood, and love.
This temple is one of the best preserved in all Egypt. You can appreciate the colors on the columns and on the ceiling, is truly beautiful.
On the hypostyle hall, you can see the Hathors capitals, with the emblematic face of the cow-eared goddess.
Once located on the small island of Philae, this temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis ‘Mother of God’. Also, dates to the Ptolemaic and Roman period.
The Temple is well preserved for two main reasons:
First reason. Because of the goddess Isis, yes, people really loved her and through time, people worshiped her and kept the temple safe from harm.
The second reason why it was so well preserved, was thank to the Nile River. By the end of XIX century, the construction of the Aswan Low Dam started, the river flooded the island and this made the temple relocated to the Agilkia Island.
This is the largest temple constructed in ancient Egypt. Is dedicated mainly to the God Amun, but also to gods Mut and Montu. It was the religious center of the country and it was called -ipet-isut- ‘The most selected of places’.
Every ruler in Ancient Egypt built something in the temple, from the Middle Kingdom until the Ptolemaic Period.
The most beautiful spot in the complex is the hypostyle hall with 134 columns, built during Ramses II period.
The Temple of Hatshepsut
Is the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, located on the west bank of the Nile and is part of the Theban Necropolis is also know as Djeser-Djeseru the ‘Holy of Holies’.
Hatshepsut histories is amazing, she was married to his brother Thutmose II, he was the heir to the throne. They have a daughter together but in that time boys were the ones allowed to rule. Thutmose and his other wife Isis, had a boy, Thutmose III the next heir.
Thutmose II died, when Thutmose III was still a baby boy, so Hatshepsut became regent, she broke the tradition and had herself crowned pharaoh of Egypt.
Another beautiful temple you can’t miss when you travel to Egypt.
What do you need to know before traveling Egypt?
You must check if you need a Visa, go here for that information.
Get you air-ticket in advance. Find it here.
Book the best hotel with booking.com
The weather. The best time for travel Egypt is during the winter January-February, the weather is fresh and comfortable.
Safety. A lot of political stuff has happened these past years in Egypt, that might make you be afraid of going to the country.
The truth is, Egypt is safe for travel, the people are really lovely and is a really cheap destination. So don’t be afraid 😉
I highly recommended to hire a local guide, is the best way to get the most of every place you go.
My advice is to pay attention to cultural behavior and have the number of your embassy always with you.
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