Enjoy a new article and a new adventure with Explore Egypt Tours. This article explores Abydos Temple that is also known as the Temple of Seti I. It is the most important temple in Sohag Governorate and Egypt telling us a lot of stories about the ancient Egyptian civilization.
What is the importance of Abydos city in ancient Egyptian history?
Abydos city now is located in Sohag Governorate, north of Luxor. In ancient Egyptian history, Abydos city had a great position due to it was the place of pilgrimage whereas ancient Egyptians believed that the god Osiris (God of the Dead and the Underworld) was buried in Abydos.
As a result of the holiness of that city, kings of the 1st and 2nd dynasties were buried there, as well as many kings built several temples in it.
One of these famous temples besides Abydos temple of Seti I is the temple of Ramesses II. In Ramesses II temple, the mission of the New York University discovered deposits, plaques holding the throne name of king Ramesses II, and the storerooms used for store provisions and offerings of the temple. In addition, they discovered a complete bull skeleton buried under the temple.
Who is Seti I?
Seti I was a king ruled during the 19th dynasty, New kingdom, and Ramesses II’s father.
What is the design of Abydos Temple?
Abydos Temple was built by Seti I and completed by his son Ramesses II.
This temple has a unique design whereas it looks like the letter “L”. The façade of this temple takes the shape of a square-columned façade with 12 massive pillars decorated with several reliefs. In ancient times the temple had 7 gates leading to the 7 chambers, but now there is only one gate open.
The temple had the architectural elements built-in ancient Egyptian temples as the pylon and the first two courtyards. The temple still has well-preserved reliefs presenting Seti I, Ramesses II, and Seti II giving offerings for many gods.
What is the importance of Abydos Temple?
This temple distinguishes with its Holy of Holies consisting of 7 chambers dedicated to the major gods in ancient Egyptian methodology who are Ptah, Ra Hor Akhty, Amun-Re, Osiris, Isis, Horus, and king Seti I as a god.
Abydos Temple contains the most important and complete list of Kings in Egypt. It consists of 76 names of Kings who ruled in ancient Egyptian civilization. It starts with King Narmer till King Seti I. King Seti I intended not to mention to some rulers such as Queen Hatshepsut and King Akhenaton. This list of Kings is considered an essential reference for archaeologists and researchers.
It is said that this temple has reliefs for tank and helicopter. Did the ancient Egyptians know tanks and helicopters? Visit Abydos temple to know if this true or not, our guide will tell you about that.
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