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The Temple of Edfu

The Temple of Edfu was built between 237 and 57 BC during the Ptolemaic period. It was the sacred place for the falcon god Horus. Located in Edfu, Upper Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile it is considered to be one of the best preserved Egyptian sacral buildings, with the highest pylons over other shrines. 

The temple ceased to be a place of worship after Theodosius I issued a decree banning non-Christian worship in 391. The temple incurred some damage after by followers of Christianity. 

 

Also, the blackened ceiling, which can be seen today, is probably the result of arson which was carried out to destroy anything related to paganism. 

Despite these events, there are well preserved inscript_ions which provide detailed information about the language and religion during this ancient time in Egypt.