Photographer's Note

The Temple in Edfu is another temple that I haven't seen when I was in Egypt in the nineties.
The temple was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC. The temple of Edfu fell into disuse as a religious monument following Theodosius I's persecution of pagans and edict banning non-Christian worship within the Roman Empire in 391. As elsewhere, many of the temple's carved reliefs were razed by followers of the Christian faith which came to dominate Egypt. The blackened ceiling of the hypostyle hall, visible today, is believed to be the result of arson intended to destroy religious imagery that was then considered pagan. Over the centuries, the temple became buried to a depth of 12 metres beneath drifting desert sand and layers of river silt deposited by the Nile. Local inhabitants built homes directly over the former temple grounds. It made that the Temple of Edfu is nearly intact and is a very good example of an ancient Egyptian temple. Unlike in other temples, the ceilings are preserved. You can observe it in this photo.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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