Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Temple of Montu at Tod in Egypt

Situated in the area known As El Toud 15 Kilometres from Luxor towards Esna.
I found references to this temple, I saw this temple some 4 years ago but could not enter as the entrance ticket has to be purchased in the Luxor Temple ticket office. There is not much to see and that is the reason I incorporated this trip with a visit to Esna Temple of khnum .from the photos you can see what little is left of this one time Pharaonic Temple. I also think this temple was never finished looking at the stonework on the furthest Temple precinct. The first photo really sums up how many people visit this ancient site, the village photos on show how hard it would be to find this temple without a local Guide.
As we enter you will see many of the broken stones

The main temple

Most temples have this kind of mud brick surrounding walls
that would have made the temple inpregnable to an attack.
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Entance to the temple of toud

One of the first stones as entering the temple is from what once used to be the ceiling of the main temple with the wings of Karnak and the stars.( click on the photos to enlarge)
Monkeys and baboons played an essential role in Egyptian cosmogony. Various gods were portrayed as these creatures, and some of the earliest deities were sometimes depicted with baboon heads. One of the Four Sons of Horus, Hapy, who was associated with mummification, was represented as a baboon-headed canopic god. The green monkey, particularly when depicted shooting with bow and arrows, was an aspect of the invisible primeval god,

Walking into the temple the place is littered with stones
that once made up the temple.
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the temple of toud Hyroglyfic

What remains of the hyroglific in the main tomb

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Hyroglyfic in the Temple

The god Montu is depicted in hyroglyf on every wall in this temple;

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What is left of the temple

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construction of Toud

I am a retired stonmason. the reason I took this
photo with the cash card in the joint of the stone.
even with todays modern tools I could never make
joints where nowhere in all of this building can I put
anything thicker than my card. the reason I think this
area was never finished the stones are rough ,Ie, not
been smoothed off to make the hyroglific and no way
has this wall been reconstructed.

looking up the what was the avenue if the sphinxes
towards the unfinished building.
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Avenue of the sphinx Toud

all thats left of the sphynxes is the base stone
there are 6 of these stones each side of the path.

looking down the avenue to the main temple.
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A mixture of stones in Toud

A mixture of the stones from the what was the walls.

roof stones

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What remains of toud

the remains of a statue that may have been for a Pharaoh
stones depicting another form of the Goddess Hathor
one pillar with hathor is in Hatshepsut temple.

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