Abydos, Egypt
Temple Tours • Hieorglyphs (Carvings)

From: Egypt Travel Guide

See also: Temple Of Hatshepsut Luxor Temple


Sacred City Of Abydos Temples, Egypt
The Ancient Egyptian City of Abydos has two very important buildings within it called the Temple of Seti I and the Temple of Ramses II.

The Temple of Seti I is one of the most popular places for tours to visit due to the incredibly detailed raised relief work carvings which still burst with colour and detail and which is very well preserved. It is also famous for the very long list of Pharaohs (Kings) called the Table of Abydos which has been carefully carved into the wall of one of the temple halls and details chronologically the cartouche name of most of the dynastic Pharaohs of Egypt.

The Temple was built out of limestone and dedicated to the gods and former Kings that ruled Egypt. There were originally two courtyards in front of the temple which are now in ruin but still show the layout. From the second courtyard you enter the temple's first hall followed by a second Hypostyle Hall which are filled with pillars and relief work. Towards the back of the hall are 7 chapels containing shrines dedicated to Seti I, Ptah, Re-Heurakhety, Amun-Re, Wesir, Aset and Heru and a second Hypostyle Hall that leads to the Table of Abydos. Another interesting area of the Temple is the Shrine to the Egyptian God Osiris which is positioned behind the temple.

Ramses II Temple is also well worth a visit and is situated close to the temple of Seti I and would have been a magnificent structure in its day. Although the temple now lies mostly in ruins there are still some parts of the original structure still standing as well as many of the columns still present although a little shorter than they were originally.

This magnificent temple would have looked spectacular in its day with its bright colours, tall columns, chapels and beautifully decorated interior showing intricate wall carvings many of which are still visible today.


Temples Location Guide
The Sacred City is located some 160 kilometers away from Luxor on the west hand side of the River Nile.