The ancient Egyptians wanted to die at the place where they worshiped the God Osiris, which is about 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) west of the Nile in Upper Egypt. One of the places included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list is the Temple of Abydos in Egypt. This is similar to how Muslims want to go to Mecca at least once in their lives, and Hindus want to die in Benares.

The city of Abydos is located about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Luxor. This tomb is believed to be the holiest in all of Egypt for almost 2,000 years because it was the entrance to the abyss and where the head of Osiris was buried.

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Temple of Abydos
Temple of Abydos in upper Egypt

The ancient Egyptians called the city Abdogo, derived from the word reliquary, which they believed held the head of the God Osiris. In the same way that Muslims wanted to go to Mecca at least once in their lives, and Hindus hoped to die in Benares, the ancient Egyptians wanted to go to Abydos (“Abydos”), the holy place where Osiris was worshiped as God.

People who have never been able to travel during their lives have sometimes said that they want to do so after their death. Either their bodies were taken to Abydos, or pictures of their voyage were placed on their tombs (represented by a boat under sail, traveling up the river). The ancient Egyptians believed that the dead “went west,” or toward the desert hills beyond Abydos, to find their way to the underworld. People thought this was true because of the location of Abydos.

As the Osiris pantheon grew more significant to include more deities, Abydos became the undisputed leader of the death cults. She retained this position until the time of the Ptolemies. Since the 1830s, people have gone to the Temple of Seti I to see the beautiful statues. More people say it is the best temple in all of Egypt.

The Temple of Seti was built in the 14th century BC. It has a lot of beautiful carvings inside and is often believed to be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Egypt. Ramses II, son of Seti, did not pay as much attention to the facade of the small temple he built in the area as his father did. The bas-reliefs of the Temple of Seti I at Abydos are much better than those of other temples at Abydos, and this makes it easy to tell them apart (daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Some of the best examples of the artistic revival that followed Seti’s political efforts to establish the Nineteenth Dynasty and restore the land taken by Akhenaten are inscriptions from the New Kingdom that reference ancient state practices. Seti tried to gain the ground that Akhenaten regained through politics.

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