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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.
Reviewed January 18, 2012

One of the drawbacks when you travel during election time. There was manifestations. Taxi driver said it was too dangerous to go there.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

The most OMG of this temple is the hieroglyphs that located at a top left beam, 3rd or 4th one, just after you enter the first main hallway (the guards can point out to you) - the carvings of HELICOPTER, SUBMARINE, SPACESHIP. This was also featured on the Ancient Aliens of History Channel. Some people argue that it's illusion of old and new carvings overlapping. But, the shapes are sharp, accurate and detail, just see for yourself!

The temple itself is ex-ordinary. Been refereed as the Great temple of Abydos, Seti I and Osiris (same structure) , well preserved, where the characteristic of all other temples in Egypt come together, with it's significance of 7 chapels dedicated to worshiping different deities and a list of kings names through out several dynasties. The back is the temple of Osiris that had been believed as a portal to the underworld. Inside the temple you're allowed to take picture! (no flash) And behind the temple is a structure in the water with the carving of Flower of Life.

An easy way of visiting this temple is taking a morning train (1st/2nd class) from Luxor to Al Balyana then take a taxi. You can reach there before noon and have a whole afternoon to visit, then back to Luxor or Cairo (no class, every 1-2 hours check with train station upon arrival). A (friendly) police escort may stop you at the entrance of Abydos ask your purpose of the trip, etc, and may ride back with you to the train station afterwards, but just for your safety, nothing difficult.

(The closing time was 5pm according to the ticket office, beware of the guards that charge you extra money (tip) to stay even its half an hour before official closing time when there is no other tourist left)

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

The trip to Abydos is a three hour drive through the countryside, but in the end it is definitely worth it. Outside you see some good quality sunken relief carvings that are nice, but not too special. But once you get inside after the first room, you will find the most exquisite bas reliefs carved in Egypt by expert artists during the reign of Seti I. Also, make sure to see the King's List to see Seti showing his son, the future Ramses II a politically edited list of all of the kings of Egypt before to remind him of his place in history. Out back is the Osireon, which had ceremonies representing the creation of the universe. It is made up of giant blocks covered in reliefs and is worth a look as well.

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Reviewed December 26, 2011

I visited Abydos and Dendara in a 1-day guided mini van tour organized by my hotel at Luxor (Mara House). The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, there was no dreaded stops at factories or stores. It was an uncomfortable 3-hour ride between Luxor and Abydos on very bumpy roads, then 1 plus hour to Dendara, and 2.5 hour ride back to Luxor. Even though both temples were quite impressive, I found myself not appreciating the greatness as I should be. In retrospect, I realized that these 2 temples paled by comparison from what I had visited the day before. One day prior, I was in the tour seeing all the West Bank sites including 2 major temples: Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple and Medinet Habu (Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III), both temples were much grander and much better preserved than temples at Abydos and Dendara. For those of you planning a visit to Abydos/Dendara, I would advise that you visit these 2 temples prior to visiting West Bank, Luxor Temple, and Karnak Temple, so that you could better appreciate them.

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Reviewed November 22, 2011

We had a private car to take us..no convoy needed although passes needed and frequent checkpoints along the way. The site is very flat and open at the front, not as impressive immediately as some, but inside it is quite magical.
Inside the front hypostyle hall, there are a host of things to see, including the contentious "helicopter" set up high as roof level. You always get the feeling that there is more than the usual Cairo antiquities trained guide can let you know, but its all part of the experience.
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At the water filled temple toward the back of the site is the famed flower of life depiction, where many spiritual groups head.
We again needed more time, but another excuse to revisit. Another reviewer mentioned the book by Dorothy Eady, I haven't read as yet, but her name pops up quite often so worth a look

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