Mighty walls protect the interior of the beautiful Edfu Temple in the legendary land of the Pharaohs, a holy place that was constructed according to ancient Egyptian tradition, built by the Ptolemaics between 237 and 57 BC.
Although the Edfu Temple is among one of Egypt’s earlier temples, its architecture, with an inner courtyard and magnificent columns, reflects the design of far older temples. The interior of the temple contains a huge array of hieroglyphics that describe religious legends, while others tell of ancient mythological tales that involve war and battle.
In the temple’s holiest place is the altar that held the Sun Barque and also a solid granite shrine which dates back to the 30th dynasty.
Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.