Ancient Egyptian Temples and Tombs Honor the Gods

The most famous of the historical places in Egypt may well be the Great Pyramid of Giza – the lone surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

But cruise the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan, and you see many ancient Egypt temples rising up in the baking desert.

Our Egyptian guide tells us Cleopatra loved bathing in the rectangular stone pool, now empty but for palm trees growing within its walls.

Temple of Hathor

Built between 125 B.C. and 60 A.D., the Denderah Temple was dedicated to Hathor. Hathor is the cow-headed Egyptian goddess of love, happiness, motherhood and healing.



Karnak temple

The Karnak Temple in the city of Luxor is truly  awe-inspiring. One of the world’s largest sacred sites, it’s filled with sphinxes, obelisks, shrines and gigantic statues of pharaohs.


Komombo Temple

Then there’s Komombo Temple, the temple of healing. Our guide points out a wall relief showing surgical scissors, a scalpel, dental pliers and two women sitting on birthing chairs.


Edfu Temple

Built between 237 and 57 BC, Edfu Temple is the temple of learning, with etchings of scribes and students who studied architecture and engineering here.

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