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- Alt Name:
- Temple of Seti I
- Ancient Egypt
- 2000BC - 1001BC
- Pharaoh Ramesses II
- Luxor Temple, Dendera,
Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple,
Abydos is an important Ancient Egyptian site located about 50 miles north-west of Luxor which contains a wealth of tombs, temples and other archaeological remains.
Covering a vast area, Abydos has offered up many historical sites and much of the area still remains uncovered. It is perhaps best known for the well preserved remains of the Temple of Seti I (also known as the Great Temple of Abydos), which was built by Seti and his son Ramesses II in the late 13th century BC. This is the principle tourist attraction of the Abydos site, and in fact much of Abydos is not open to the travelling public.
The settlement itself has a rich history dating back as far as 4000BC and pre-dynastic Egypt. During the Middle Kingdom (circa 2000BC – 1600BC) Abydos became an important religious centre revolving around the worship of Osiris. This led to Abydos becoming one of the most important cities in the region and it became the burial site of many of the ruling elite.
Abydos continued to be an important city and site of pilgrimage right up to the late Roman period and ruins have been found from throughout the long history of the site.
Other notable historic sites at Abydos include the Osireion, the symbolic tomb of Osiris, the necropolis of Umm el-Qa'ab and the Temple of Ramesses II.
Many visitors will visit Abydos - along with Dendera - either by train or organised tour from Luxor. This site also features as one of our top ten tourist attractions of Egypt.
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Address: Abydos, nr al-Balyana, Egypt
Phone: Contact Local Tourist Office
Abydos is located near the town of al-Balyana. Many tour operators will offer guided tour options to Abydos from Luxor. It is also possible to get the train from Luxor to Abydos and then take a tourist police transport to the site. Police escorted mini-bus / taxi convoys are also available from Luxor to Abydos.
Abydos, and the Temple of Seti I, is open daily 7am – 6pm. Entry to Abydos costs 25LE. Student discounts are available.
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