Egypt is certainly one of the most interesting travel destinations in the world in terms of archeological sites. Amongst the many noteworthy locations within the country, the temple of Pharaoh Seti I at Abydos is very near the top of the list. Not only is the temple in relatively excellent condition (it still has its roof intact) but it also features carvings and hieroglyphs of unsurpassed quality in all of ancient Egyptian history.
The temple is famous for the king list which Egyptologists have relied upon to create an accurate record of the lineage of the Pharaohs. This is also where the traveler can see the mysterious Oserion – a partially underground temple of unknown age which sits under the structure constructed by Seti I and which is today flooded by Nile waters. The very old symbol of the Flower of Life can be seen in the Oserion on one of the pillars to the left of the wooden stairs that have been put there for visitors.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the temple of Abydos, however, remains the so-called Abydos Helicopter, a plate of carvings seemingly depicting an helicopter and other flying vehicles. Keep in mind these would have been carved more than 3000 years ago!
These carvings can be seen near the entrance, on a stone slab which supports the ceiling on the right side of the doorway. Egyptologists claim the unusual carvings are nothing more than a palimpsest (meaning an illusion created by two plates of superimposed glyphs) but not everyone agrees on this. And so the mystery remains.
The visitor going to Abydos who is interested in spiritual travel will benefit from going during the afternoon when most tourists have gone back to Luxor on their buses. It then becomes possible to spend some quiet time in the temple which still renders a strong mystical aura (contrarily to most of the ancient temples in the country which feel totally profaned).