Most Impressive Ancient Egypt Temples
Temples of Ancient Egypt gains a great significance in history. According to historians, the temples were built around the 4th millennium BC like reed huts shape. Philae Temple was the last temple constructed by Egyptians in the 6th Century AD. The list of temples in Egypt covers a vast range of variety which has evolved over huge periods of time. A single Egypt tour won’t help to decode the tale and the history behind these temples. Let’s have a quick view over list of ‘Most Impressive Ancient Egypt Temples’.
- Medinet Habu
The name ‘Medinet Habu’ means huge complex in Arabic, also the site is titled as the huge temple complex next to Karnak in size. It is located on West Bank of Luxor. Tutmosis III and Pharaohs Hatsheput built this temple, which was dedicated to Amun. Ramesses III built his mortuary temple next to this site. It has Medinet Habu’s largest standing monument enclosed with huge mud-bricks.
- Temple of Kom Ombo
The Temple of Kom Ombo is situated on high dune. It is a double temple which is unusual, built during the Ptolemaic dynasty. The construction of temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor in 2nd century BC. There are 2-temples which are duplicate to the main axis, with two courts, two entrances, and two hypostyle and 2 sanctuaries.
- Temple of Edfu
The Temple of Edfu is dedicated to falcon God of Horus. It is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and also best preserved. In 237 BC, construction of the temple was started under the reign of Ptolemy II, the construction continued for almost two-centuries and came to end during the reign of Ptolemy XII, the father of Cleopatra. The temple holds traditional elements of Greek and so.
- Temple of Seti I
This Temple is a mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Seti I, situated in Abydos on West Bank of Nile. It was constructed at the end of the reign of Seti. The shrine was completed by his son Ramesses after his death in 1279BC. The Temple has list of Abydos Kings, in chronological list with many dynastic Pharaohs from Menes of Egypt.
- Temple of Hatsheput
Hatshepsut ruled Egypt from 1458BC, till his death in 1479. The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is situated on West Bank of Nile; it was structured and designed by Senemut. Senemut was the royal architect of Hatsheput, who served his worship to honor the glory of Amun. The temple has three layered terraces which are about 97-feet high in height. These terraces are connected by ramps and adorned by gardens around.
- Luxor Temple
The Luxor Temple was founded in 1400 BC during the New Kingdom in city of Thebes, it is located on the east bank of River Nile. The shrine is dedicated to three gods Chons, Mut and Amun. During annual festivals statues of these three gods are taken from this temple to temple of Amun in Karnak with an avenue of Sphinxes. Luxor has become a prime tourist spot with several Nile Cruise that starts at the end of the city.
- Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel Temple was carved from mountain side part during the rign of Pharaoh Ramesses. The monument was to himself and his queen Nefertari. The Temple complex was relocated in the 1960s during the creation of Lake Nasser. Today, it is rated as top Egypt tour destination and a hotspot for tourists.
- Karnak Temple
The Karnak Temple is badly ruined, but is the largest ancient temple not just in Egypt but around the world. The temple represents combined achievements of several generations. The hall structure is around 5,000meter square with 134 massive columns in 16 rows arranged systematically. The temple took millennia to complete huge and massive Karnak Temple.