Serech is the term for the stylized palace facade, which contains the Horus name of the king (Pharaoh).


As a symbol of Serech is a long rectangle, on which is perched a falcon standing. While the upper part represents the yard or the house, the lower part is decorated with the facade of the royal palace, which is divided into niches. The palace facade was at the beginning of Egyptian history, the hallmark of royal and princely buildings.

The Serech surrounds in the middle of the Horus name as the cartridge to the throne and the proper name of Pharaoh. It is an integral part of the Horus name.


The importance of Serech for the Horus name is not certain. So there are the possibilities that the title was initially read as either " Horus of the palace " ( HR ˁ H) or the building itself - even as the king ring - only served as a frame.


Even the name of I. Scorpio is occupied by ink inscriptions on two cylindrical pottery in Serech and with the falcon. Also the name of King Narmer is found on the Narmer Palette in a Serech.

A not-too- frequent variant shows instead of the Horus falcon, the animal of Seth ( Seth - animal) on the Serech, which is due to the temporarily higher significance of the god Seth in the royal symbolism.

Likewise, there is a rare variant that shows both Horus falcon and Seth - animal, presumably to symbolize the union of the two parts of the empire by the ruler in question. This is far known only from Khasekhemwy.

A prädynastischer ruler is handed down by a Serech with two Horus falcon under which that ruler was called " Double Falcon ".

Serech of Peribsen with Seth - animal

Serech of Khasekhemwy with Horus falcon and Seth - animal

Serech the " Double Falcon " with two Horus falcon