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Nile Cruise: Excursion to Edfu and Kom Ombo

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At 6 in the morning we were called to wake up, since at 7 we had the visit to the temple of Edfu. We had been sailing during the night and when we woke up we were in front of the temple. In Edfu basically only the temple is visited. The cruise ships dock in front of him and at the end the visits leave. For that reason, souvenir sellers are perhaps a bit more aggressive than in the rest of the country. They know they only have the ten minutes it takes to walk from the ship to the temple to make the sale.

Essam giving us the explanations in the Horus temple in Edfu.

Statue of Horus

The temple of Edfu is dedicated to Horus and is quite large. It was built during the Ptolemaic era, so it was one of the last temples that were built. Ptolemy was the general that Alexander the Great left in Egypt to rule the country and his last descendant was Cleopatra.


The temple of Horus in Edfu is one of the best preserved in Egypt, although I doubt that it lasts much longer, since in the few 45 minutes I spent there, I saw tourists doing real barbarities, from smoking cigars in front of paintings , throw butts to the ground, touch the reliefs, etc. I really wanted to strangle more than one. Unfortunately, this behavior was repeated in all the cruise temples we visited. Mass tourism will eventually destroy what is left of the country.

In this photo you can see the two types of capitals of the Egyptian temples,
simulating the two plants that represent the upper and lower Egypt: the lotus flower and the papyrus.


After visiting the temple we returned to the ship and soon after boarding it sailed direction to Kom Ombo. At the bar, Essam told us that whoever was interested in buying cartridges with the name written in hieroglyph would come down in an hour. Although I had no intention of buying, I went down out of curiosity. As a great commercial that was, he showed us the pendants and silver bracelets in which you could ask to be inscribed the shape of the cartridge with the name you wanted. Prices ranged from € 15 the simplest (silver pendant with leather cord) to the most expensive that was mother of pearl with silver hieroglyphs that was worth € 60. They seemed very expensive to me and of a little doubtful taste, so I didn't buy anything, but the rest ended up buying a lot. Often, the agencies and guides have been set up ... At the end of the teleshopping we went up on deck to enjoy the scenery while we were sailing towards Kom Ombo.

Enjoying the landscape on the deck of the ship.

At three o'clock in the afternoon we went to visit the temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the Sobek (with a crocodile head) and Horus. The highlight of this temple, apart from being double, is the relief of a calendar. There are two theories about this: either that it is a normal calendar or that it was an agenda of religious festivities. The truth is that at this point in the trip I was already a little saturated with temples, Ammon and the whole family of gods. I guess the problem is that in a short period of time you visit all the temples in a row and one ends up collapsed.

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