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Abydos

Al Balyana, Egypt
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Owner description: Once the cult center of Osiris, god of the dead, this was considered the holiest of Egyptian towns in Pharaonic times. Today this area contains the... more » Owner description: Once the cult center of Osiris, god of the dead, this was considered the holiest of Egyptian towns in Pharaonic times. Today this area contains the Cenotaph Temple of Seti I, one of the most intact temples remaining in Egypt that was built between 1294-1279 BC. « less
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Bangor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Abydos offers quite an outstanding experience. The temple of Seti I is a magical place with the most beautiful bas reliefs I have seen anywhere in Egypt. There are many more monuments. like the enigmatic Oseirion, or the temple of Ramesses II, also with beautiful bas reliefs. Then there are the massive and extremely ancient brick walls of Shunet el... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

But still amazing Although we technically wanted to just 'pass through' on our way to the nearby (very - It's about 300m to the right) Temple of Ramses II, we had to take our time and look again at the various internal features.

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Mussoorie, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The carvings in Abydos are some of the most intricate and well-wrought in Egypt. Seti I's art style is distinct and different than that of Ramses II, and you are able to see the differences in the site's carvings to determine under which pharaoh which portion was done. The most amazing of the work is, unfortunately, in one of the... More

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you do not visit Abydos you will miss the greatest collection of perfect reliefs I have seen anywhere in my three trips to Egypt. The best are in the 2nd hypostyle hall in the Temple of Seti. What taste that man had to find the artists who created this marvel. The reliefs glow with a gentleness and warmth not... More

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Hasselt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

As we stayed in Luxor we hired a taxi to drive us up to Abydos. The driver was kind enough to take the West bank to Abydos and come back via the East bank. This made the trip less long and very interesting. Especially the East bank as here you pass through many villages and get an idea of daily... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is quite a unique temple with very straightforward history to explain its L-shape design and variation of the reliefs, as well as the 7 various shrines to the Egyptian Gods. For maintenance, it's second only to the Temple of Hathor in Dendara, most of the reliefs are in good condition and you get the feeling that tourism hasn't destroyed... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is quite a unique temple with very straightforward history to explain its L-shape design and variation of the reliefs, as well as the 7 various shrines to the Egyptian Gods. For maintenance, it's second only to the Temple of Hathor in Dendara, most of the reliefs are in good condition and you get the feeling that tourism hasn't destroyed... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I have been to the Temple of Seti I for most of my various trips to Egypt, and it never fails to impress. Off the beaten tourist lanes, you normally will have to either book a driver from Luxor, via the travel agencies which run up and down the Corniche el Nil, or if you are VERY adventurous, work out... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The helicopter is on the left hand side of temple near the ceilng on the top of a lintle. The temple was beautiful with 2 very different styles. Seti's style of beautiful carving are the best I have ever seen in egypt. The Rameses III decoration are also good but not a beautiful. A word of ADVICE, we did this... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

The Temple of Abydos is about 200 Km north of Luxor. I made a day trip there with a guide and a driver. I found Abydos to be one of the best experiences I have had in Egypt. The ride up was through the farm area and most enjoyable. We drove back through the desert to the Temple of Dendara.... More

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