Around the World Trip – Aswan and the Temple of Edfu

We awoke the next morning finding that we’d sailed south from Luxor to Aswan and our first outing of the day was a horse cart ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. I got a chuckle as Horus is the falcon headed god of the sky, which reminded me of Folsom Lake College.

The Temple had a very ingenious layout which took advantage of the position of the sun at various times of the day, strategically positioned skylights as it were.

Inside the Temple of Horace

It was also designed so that the pharaohs could sit on their thrones deep inside the temple and watch the commoners outside in the quad.  The idea was that gods were all-seeing but the commoners could not see them.

View from the throne inside the Temple of Horace
Steve outside the Temple of Horace

The joy of this magnificent temple was tempered, however, by the way the locals treated the horses who pulled the horse carts back and forth between the Nile and the Temple.  We had been warned by our guide, but seeing it in person was disconcerting.  Although the horses are the local’s livelihood, they have continued to mistreat the horses even though the government has tried to intervene and free vet care is provided.  It was difficult to ride in the buggy and watch the dirty and thin horses slip and slide through the street on the cobblestones.  Would not do that again.

Our Horse Cart in Edfu

1 thought on “Around the World Trip – Aswan and the Temple of Edfu”

  1. Intertesting that in America, as “commoners” we spend a lot more time watching the “pharaoh” (deeply enthroned, I might add) than he spends trying to observe us. Seems like quite a shift. :). And very sad for those poor horses…..beautiful pics of the Temple. Very much enjoying hearing about your journey.

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