Luxor Temple

Posted On : 28/02/2023 Kate Clark 50
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Information on the Luxor Temple, Upper Egypt

 One of the most fascinating and ancient Egyptian monuments in Egypt especially in Luxor and represents the beauty and power of the pharaonic era and the effect of the will and its role to build such a large monument, it was built by the king of Amenhotep , he was the son of Habu and the period of government lasted from 1391 till 1353, is located on the east bank of the Nile , the temple of Luxor is an always requested and preferred destination by tourists who love the culture and history of the pharaohs and the temple of Luxor explained how the pharaohs thought at that time and what was their ideal way to make a historical and political development.

The Luxor temple included 2 very large and fascinating obelisks thanks to the design made especially for the temple, one is located in Luxor and the other was stolen and found in Paris in the place de la concorde.

They also found the epigraphs for the king on the first gate of the temple and those epigraphs explained the events of the history and the pharaonic civilization and the life of the king`Ramsisi II and his victory in the battle of Kadesh and there were 6 statues on the gates and there they were 72 very professionally built columns.

The legacy of the Luxor Temple Egypt :

This temple may be the main legacy for which Luxor has earned the nickname " the world's largest open-air museum ", located right in the center of the modern part, which occupies the site of the ancient Egyptian capital, Thebes. The temple is one of the oldest and best preserved monuments in all of Egypt, with a large number of rooms, structural elements and bas-reliefs still intact, which make it one of the most interesting sites in the Luxor area and throughout Egypt.

In addition, the charm of the place is enhanced by the natural context in which it is inserted. Few places in Egypt give such a clear and immediate picture of the extraordinary past of Egyptian history.

Amenhotep III and Ramesses II and the construction of the Luxor temple

Amenhotep III , one of the most active pharaohs in the architectural sense of Ancient Egypt, had the temple built during the New Kingdom, a period which ended between 1390 and 1352 BC and he always loved civilization and architectural development and always has the aim to improve the capital of Egypt and the infrastructure of the city 

Ramesses II as well as being a prolific builder, enhanced and reused many existing monuments to increase its prestige, and among his various projects, the statues and bas-reliefs that decorate the temple are in fact mainly due to this pharaoh.

Luxor Temple, as well as the Karnak Temple Complex, are the most famous monuments in the vicinity of the city, both located on the east bank of the Nile . In the past, an avenue of sphinxes running the length of about thirty km connected the two sites. This avenue is currently being excavated, but the part closest to the Luxor temple has already been restored

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 The temple is a means of entertainment in ancient history :

Its ideal location in the heart of Luxor makes the temple very easy to reach at any time of day, and even when not open to visitors, it is visible during a walk along the Nile bank, or from the city center itself. We highly recommend a visit to the temple during sunset or in the evening with moonlight.

In fact, the night lighting wonderfully highlights the relief sculptures silhouetted on the imposing walls of the building.

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Luxor Temple was dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu during the New Kingdom it was the center of the annual festival of Opet in which a statue of Amun was transferred down the Nile from the nearby Karnak Temple for a fertility rite.  

The construction of the Temple began during the reign of Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC Haremhab and Tutankhamun added columns and statues but the greatest expansion occurred with Ramses II about 100 years after the start of the works. The Temple of Luxor is the only one of the major Egyptian temple complexes to have the marks of only two sovereigns on the architectural structures. 

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