10 February, 2015

Egypt, Day 7

My apologies for falling a bit behind on the posts.  Our wifi on the ship stopped working so I’ve just been gathering photos and haven’t been able to post.  So here you go.  Three days one right after the other.  Enjoy!

First up was a slightly smelly, if fun ride in a horse drawn carriage to bring us to the temple of Horus at Edfu.  As the name denotes, this temple was dedicated to Horus and his defeat of his uncle Set. 

I’m sure you’re now getting used to seeing this basic structure for Egyptian temples.  Multiple doors leading to progressively smaller rooms to finally get to the inner temple.  Here at Edfu, you can still see the shrine along with a recreated boat.

On one side there is also a small temple to Nut, the goddess who represents the sky.  At first it was hard to make out the shape, but she’s there, protecting the space.

This particular temple also has one room that shows people measuring out pharmaceuticals.    It’s pretty amazing to think even back then, there was a decent system of health care.

There are a lot of little hidden rooms and nooks and hallways in the temple.  I did some wandering around in a couple of them.  Even went up a dark staircase with the help with my iPhone flashlight.

Because one temple a day is never enough, we headed off to Kom Ombo after a very late lunch.  We got lucky with the light again and managed to get there just before sundown.

This temple has a perfect example of an Egyptian calendar.  I know you can’t really tell what this is, but it lists out all the days and where there are festivals each year.

On the way out of the temple there was a Crocodile museum.  Now who could pass that up?  So in we went.  Right off the bat, we’re faced with a whole array of crocodile mummies.  Some of these guys still look pretty vicious.   All of this in honor of the god Sobeck .  Yep, you guessed it.  He’s the one with the crocodile head.

Though it doesn’t seem like it, that was a lot for today.  With so much more to see, we’re trying to pace ourselves and not get overly tired.  Safe travels!

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