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Egypt Cruises - The Temple of Seti I at Abydos

Abydos was the holiest centre of the Ancient Egyptians from earliest times.  Dedicated at first to the local deity Khentiamentiu, it later became the cult centre for the gods Isis and Osiris, drawing pilgrims from all over the country.  It is one of Egypt's most important sites and nine or ten temples were successively built here over no less than 26 Dynasties.  The most famous today is the magnificent Temple of Seti I (XIXth Dynasty), which contains the unique 'King List', a chronological list showing the cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs from Menes through to Ramses II, which has proved of immense use to scholars.  The pharaohs of the First Dynasty and most of the pharaohs from the Second Dynasty were buried at Abydos.