The Two Most Mysterious but Least Visited Temples in Egypt

A helicopter, stealth fighter, submarine and an aeroplane carved in stone on the ceiling of a 3000-year-old Egyptian Temple. Astrological maps of the Earth’s sky as it was 5000 B.C.; a 15 year Priestess of Isis who committed suicide in 1285 B.C. re-incarnates as a daughter of a half-Irish master tailor in 1904; healing waters; instructions for magical potions; boats sailing through Star Gates; hidden passages and secret rooms…welcome to some of the mysteries of the sacred, ancient Egyptian Temples at Abydos and Dendera!

Abydos – a sleepy little town 145 km. north of Luxor, known from ancient times as the burial place of the head of the god Osiris. It takes approx. 3 hours to drive there – less if you are lucky not to hit traffic in Qena and other towns on the road. Started by Sety I and finished by his son, Ramses the Great, the unique L-shaped Temple is built almost on top of another Temple – The Osirion.

ceiling at Dendera
ceiling at Dendera by schmuela, on Flickr

When you enter the main Temple, walk past the first two columns, turn sharp right and walk straight ahead about another 2 -3 columns. Turn around and look up at the ceiling. You will clearly see, on the same carving – a helicopter, submarine, aeroplane and stealth fighter. Why did the ancient Egyptians carve these in the same place? I believe if they were scattered around the temple they could be written off as coincidences – but all in the one place has everyone who sees them questioning…

If you tour the temple from right to left (inside) the perfectly preserved wall carvings portray Pharaoh Sety I being taught by Thoth, the God of Wisdom and his wife, Sheshat; being purified; being breast-fed and nurtured by the Goddesses Isis and Hathor. Then you will find seven small chapels – each one dedicated to one of the gods. Here is the mystery – Pharaoh Sety I built the last chapel for himself…a chapel for a Pharaoh, or was he saying he now knew the secrets of the gods and was equal to them? Each chapel has an entrance door but the exit door is a false door – except for the chapel for the god, Osiris – Lord of the Underworld.

Out through the Hall of Kings, up a steep stairway into the sunshine (Stairway to Heaven) and you will find the older Temple – the Osirion, usually with about 50cm of water covering the floor so you cannot enter. Here you will find three carvings of the Flower of Life – the only place in Egypt it has been found. The Osirion was a special Temple of Initiation in ancient times and, according to Oom Sety, it holds a well of healing waters, which she constantly used. Oom Sety was the English girl who died after falling down the stairs and came back to life as the reincarnated 15 year old Priestess of Isis, who had committed suicide. She died in Abydos in 1981, having spent the last 24 years of her life recording and preserving details of the temple, guiding tourists around it – but more importantly – enjoying nightly visits from the Pharaoh Sety I, whom she said visited her almost every night in physical form!! She left many diaries and recordings of these nights and you will find much information on the afterlife in any of the four books currently in print written about Oom Sety.

Hathor’s Temple at Dendera – 90 km. north of Luxor, is the best-preserved temple in Egypt. Half of the ceiling has been cleared of the tar-like substance that covered it and the details and colour are 100% intact. This ceiling portrays the Earth’s sky as it was in 5000 B.C. Dendera is full of carvings showing people in little boats as well as the gods themselves traversing the sky – the hieroglyphs on one translates as “Even I, I know the way to the stars”, and the little man in his boat, is in front of a door with stars (Star Gate?)

Dendera was the home of the ‘Dendera Zodiac’, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, but a plaster cast copy has replaced it. Here you will also find one room where all the walls are covered in rules for making potions from flowers – high up in this room you will see a door to a small room. There is a metal ladder giving you access to this room today but no evidence on the wall as to how the ancient people got up there! Levitation?

Although in all other temples in Egypt, the columns inside the temples appear to be a mixture of all different carvings and symbols – at Abydos all the columns have exactly the same carving, at Dendera all the columns have exactly the same carving….hmmm? These carvings must really be important. Remember the temples of Egypt were Teaching Temples, containing the secrets and knowledge of the ancient religion. At Dendera, there is an underground crypt, which you can visit. The carvings (perfect) contain many images not found anywhere else.

The mysteries, unanswered questions and thought provoking images (almost forgot – Dendera is the only place you can find the 32 crowns of Egypt in the one image) could fill many more Dan Brown novels – however, they remain the least visited temples in Egypt today. They are off the beaten track but priceless – my best advice is that, if you are going to see them, take a guide who really knows his/her stuff about Abydos and Dendera.

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