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“Great Day Trip from Luxor” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Temple of Horus at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu
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Private Day Tour to Aswan: Including Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples from Luxor
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Owner description: Construction on what is the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt began in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes.
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Great Day Trip from Luxor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

A day trip to Edfu was one of the most pleasant things I have done in Egypt. We went by private auto from Luxor. The trip was about a two hour trip. The temple is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. The wall decorations are fantastic and easily recognized. We got there about 10:30 and the cruise boats had already left. Therefore, there were very few people and we could take our time and enjoy the temple in peace and quiet. Spent over two hours with our guide, Mohsen Al Barbry, who is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have met. We left Luxor at 9:00 AM and were back at the flat by shortly after 15:00. i highly recommend Edfu for a day trip from Luxor. I had been there once before when on a boat cruise on the Nile. There was not enough time to totally appreciate the temple then and there were too many people to experience the magnificence of the temple

Visited January 2013
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“Currently off-limits”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The local kalash drivers have apparently taken to stoning coaches and taxis, forcing people to have to take their rides to get to the temple. Their horses are generally in terrible states of health and so these horse-driven taxis should not be patronised.
Anyone taking a ride is also likely to be taken to their "cousin's" shop and anywhere else they choose. Some of the carriages are also unsafe and wheels have been knwon to drop off, thrown the passengers into the road sustaining injuries which require hospitalisation.
N.B. If your tour operator advises against going and you still decide to go, your travel insurance may be invalid, making those possible hospital bills your own responsibility. BEWARE
This is all a great shame as the temple itself is fabulous.

Visited December 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

For me it is the most impressive temple after Abu Simbel and Luxor/Karnak (the third place would maybe go to the temple of Hatshepsut). It is very well preserved and has its original wall around the entire complex. All the original structure is still there and you can get very clear picture in your imagination how it all used to look in the past because all the columns and all the structures are still in their places. It is also quite large. Amazing! An absolute must for everyone interested in culture, architecture and history of religion.
It is a pity that due to local mafia, the only way to get there is by horse with very annoying drive who treat the horse bad and ask continuously for baksheesh. Shame!

Visited November 2012
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“The Temple Is Great - Getting There Is Horrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Horus Temple itself is great and well worth seeing. However, you can only get there with a horse drawn carriage. Most horses are emaciated and the drivers do not know what they are doing. Our driver whipped the horse sendelessly until I grabbed the whip and told him NO.

I really hope some tour operators will read this so the problem is addressed. I would be happy yo pay more for the ride if the horses were well cared for and handled.

The temple itself is great but I could not enjoy it knr bit due to the carriage ride.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Very large temple, more intact than most”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Came here by Aswan-Luxor tour. Less ruined than most sites in Egypt. The sanctuary is somewhat eerie. Don't forget to go all the way to the back gate and have a nice view from there.

Visited November 2012
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