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Medinat Habu, Luxor: 30 reviews and 116 photos
One of the best preserved, and least visited of the West Bank monuments is Medinet Habu, named after the Coptic village that occupied the area in the Christian era. The military style temple complex which consists of the Great Temple and Palace of Ramses III, and the remains of a temple by Thutmosis I and a Chapel of the Divine Votaress of Amon. The military style represents a pre-Ptolemic era when the Egyptians, after having been conquered for the first time by the "sea peoples", renewed itself through empire building into the Middle East. The god-like reverance, such as is exemplified by the pyramids at Giza, was lost for the pharoah who now had to rule more by military power than religious hocus pocus. These ruins were never used for military purposes, but represent the style of art probably first seen in the walled cities of the Middle East. The entrance to this complex is particularly grand, and worth the visit by itself. One can climb up the entrance tower and capture a good overview of the complex. The ruins of the Coptic Village can be seen in the background.
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