Temple of Horus
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Architect unknown
Location Edfu, Egypt   map
Date -237 to -57   timeline
Building Type temple
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate desert
Style Ancient Egyptian




Discussion Temple of Horus Commentary

"The Temple of Horus, Edfu, is a fine, well-preserved example of the period. It was built in three stages, with protracted intervals between: first the temple proper by Ptolemy III, then the outer hypostyle hall (140-124 B.C.), and finally the perimeter wall and pylons. It is plainly a processional cult temple. There is a passage surrounding the sanctuary, which serves also to give access to thirteen small chapels, and another completing the entire circuit of the enclosing wall. All the inner rooms were completely dark and windowless. The grand pylons are some 62.6 m (205 ft) across and 30.5 m (100 ft) high."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p63.

Sources on Temple of Horus

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p17. — Available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. unit to whole diagram, p163. linear organization diagram, p196. heirarchy diagram, p206. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p63.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. description, p37. plan drawing, p28. photo, p42.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. New York: Random House, 1975. color exterior photo of massive pylon gateway, p51. left lower-center of the page. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. elevation drawing of entry pylon, p35. section drawing of entry pylon, p35. longitudinal section drawing, p34.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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