The “burial” of the temple also protected the temple from the depredations of the Christians and Muslims who came in later centuries. No one even knew there was a temple here until 1798 when the top was seen in the sand. But no excavation occurred until 62 years later.
One of my favorites sights at this temple were the many intact statues of Horus. Statues almost as tall as I am were scattered around the complex and they were wonderfully evocative of the reverence in which the Egyptians held this powerful and very early god. In the sanctuary of the temple, the French archeologists found a larger statue of Horus, but they carted it off to France where it now stands in the Louvre.
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