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Temple of Hibis in Kharga Oasis

The Hibis Temple is a leading Egyptian temple and tourist attraction in Egypt, in the Governorate of the New Valley, about 1 kilometer to the north of Kharga city. The significance of this temple is that it reflects the various historical ages of Pharaoh, Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman times.

The Temple of Hibis is located four kilometers to the north of the city of Kharga and began construction in the twenty-sixth family. It took more than 600 years to work in the temple, starting from 589 BC and until AD 69, and the temple was dedicated to the worship of the god Amun.

Four kilometers north of Kharga city, the Temple of Hibis was built in the twenty-sixth family. It took over 600 years to work in the temple from 589 BC to 69 AD and to devote the temple to the worship of god Amun.

The temple is forty-two meters long and twenty meters wide, and it heads from east to west. After the Anchorage of the Holy Lake, there are four gates on the eastern side of the temple, dating back to the Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman eras, and they were connected by the Rams road. Al Gharbia is a pillared hall, then a rectangular hall with columns on its walls, scenes depicting the king in the presence of the gods, and some doctrinal texts related to myths. Through a door at the end of this hall, we reach a small hall with four columns. As for the holiest of holies, which is the last of the temple rooms to the west, it contains some important views of the deities, including a view of the goddess "Ishtar" on the back of a horse who holds the bow and arrow.

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