ADD TO LISTIdfu (also known as Edfu) is located on the west bank of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. The great draw is the Temple of Horus - the most well preserved temple in all of Egypt. This temple was built starting in 237 BC and took 180 years (and the reigns of six Ptolemies) to finish. It is the second largest temple in Egypt (after Karnak), but was mostly buried underneath sand until 1860. Due to the popularity of this temple, Idfu is a major tourist center as well as a common stop for feluccas.
Travel Tips from people who've been to Idfu
Seeing the large well preserved temple is very impressive . Its walls are covered in hieroglyphs and pictorial carvings.If you walk down a flight of stairs you find a nilometer with which they measured the height of the river and in ancient times determined the amount of taxes.
Edfu is not so little city on the banks of the river Nile (like almost every city there :-)). Temple is very big and beautifull, and people drive you with the carriage to see it. The city is very dirty, and native peoples just want your money on eyery corner.
Beautiful temple. Some rooms were burnt during siege. Amazing must see is drama written in hieroglyphs. There`s also barge that`s only one remaining in temples all over egypt. The barge was meant to carry souls to land of dead. Besides that temple is one of the most preserved ones.