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Medinat Habu, Luxor: 30 reviews and 116 photos

  Entrance Into 2nd Courtyard
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Many with tired feet might be unimpressed with the architecture, since it resembles much of what one sees at Karnak and Ramesseum. However, as one passed through the 2nd Pylon, vivid colors of ceiling and walls becomes an absolute fascination. Other than the vibrant colors of the tombs, one rarely sees such in the monuments of Egypt. Sun, rain, and time are harsh on any painted ruins, but these colors remain largely intact because of the excellent preservation of the roofed areas. It also seems that the Coptic Village may have protected the Temple Complex from those who might inhabit and burn smokey fires to destroy the paint. The second courtyard also has Osiride porticos and columns on both sides. The columns are filled with stunning relief work, as are the walls and ceilings, presummably many images from the Book of the Dead, as well as Ramses adventures are the content. Since I had my roll film camera, I had a less thorough image documentation than I would take now. So, check it out! But, the best is yet to come in this series of Medinet Habu.

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  • Written Apr 8, 2006
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