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Temples of Abydos in 360°
Abydos was the cult center of Osiris, god of the dead. Although there were shrines dedicated to the parts of Osiris throughout Egypt, the temple of Abydos used to be the most important of them. This was a place that most Egyptians wished to visit once in their lifetime or to have them buried here. Thus the area of Abydos was used as a necropolis from predynastic times to Christian times (4000 BC-600AD). The pharaohs of the first dynasty were buried in Abydos, including Narmer, the founder of the first dynasty. Nine or ten temples were erected here in Abydos from the first dynasty to the twenty-sixth dynasty. The array of temples included the Great Osiris temple, the temple of Seti I and the temple of Ramses II., out of which the temple of Seti I is the best preserved.
The 360° virtual tour focuses on the temple of Seti I and the Osierion showing areas that are usually not accessible to the public (ie. Ptah-Sokar complex). Besides the panoramic images, there is also detailed textual description describing each of the monuments included in the virtual tour. Interesting details, carved panels and scenes have been highlighted.
1. What to see
The temple of Seti I (1294-1279 BC) was dedicated to the six major gods, namely Osiris, Isis, Horus, Amun-Ra, Ra-Horakty and Ptah. It was also built to adore the early pharaohs.
1.2. 1st Hypostyle Hall
1.3. Helicopter Hieroglyph
1.4. Seven chapels
1.5. Osiris complex
1.6. Ptah-Sokar complex
1.7. King list and bull hall
2. When to see
The Seti I temple and Osierion are open daily from 7:00 to 18:00.
4. How to get there
The best way is to enjoy a Nile cruise which includes excursions to the most important places between Aswan and Luxor. If you have a day off in Luxor, simply get a cab to bring you to Dendera.
If staying in Hurghada (like our photographers did), you have to cross the desert to get to Dendera which should take you around 3 and half, maximum 4 hours. Please note that local cabs operating only winthin tourist restorts are not allowed to bring you to Dendera.
It is not recommended to drive on your own in Egypt due to the general negligance of driving rules. Singposts are usually written not only in Arabic, but it might be difficult to find remote places on your own. Our team has shot the 360° virtual tour in December 2010, at that time it was not allowed to travel in the Nive valley without papers and it was common to find lots of checkpoints.
5. Where to stay
Staying for overnight is definitely not recommended in Abydos due to security reasons, depending on the actual situation, police might even ask you to leave the town before the evening sets in. On the other hand, you can find a variety of hotels in Luxor, from 2* hotels that are ideal for backpackers to 5* luxuary resorts. If taking part at a Nile cruise, you'll stay on your ship.