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Edfu

Brief
The town of Edfu is located on the west back of the Nile River, some sixty miles south of Luxor, with Aswan further south. Its ancient name was Wetjeset-Hrw, or "The Place Where Horus is Extolled".The modern Arabic name of Edfu is derived from the ancient Egyptian name Djeba, or Etbo in Coptic. Djeba meant "Retribution Town", since the enemies of the god were brought to justice therein. The site of ancient Djeba was the traditional location of the mythological battle between the gods of Horus and Set, and its sandstone Ptolemaic temple, dedicated to Horus, is the most complete and best preserved of all the temples of Egypt. It was built on the site of a New Kingdom temple, which was oriented east to west, the Ptolemaic structure follows instead a north-south axis. In Graeco-Roman times Edfu was called Apollinopolis Magna, the Egyptian god Horus by then being identified with the Greek god Apollo.

Reasons to visit 
Edfu was the capital of the second nome of Upper Egypt, an important regional center from the Old Kingdom, partly due to the large area of fertile land belonging to the town, partly to the fact that Edfu was situated near the frontier between Egypt and Nubia, though not as close as was Philae. Edfu was probably a starting point for desert routes leading to the Kharga Oasis in the west, and to the mines of the Eastern Desert and the Red Sea coast in the east.

Temple of Horus   
Edfu's Temple of Horus was the main centre for the cult of falcon god Horus in ancient Egypt. Built between 237 and 57 BC it is the best-preserved and one of the largest temples in Egypt, second only to Karnak.The most impressive statue of Horus in the temple is the ten-foot "colossus" of Horus near the entrance. The "living statue" used to be kept in the temple's inner sanctuary, constantly cared for like a living being by its priests, who anointed it, dressed and robed it and prayed to it, receiving offerings and food on its behalf and looking after it in all possible ways. Not only that, but the statue was even entitled to its conjugal rights.

Shopping
Haggle for perfumes, hand-blown glass and camel-hair rugs,oils, spices and local handicrafts ,papyrus, brassware, silver jewellery and little stone models of sphinxes.

Festive Celebrations
The Festival of the Beautiful Reunion,the Festival of Behdet.