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Located by the Nile in the heart of modern Luxor, the Temple of Luxor is one of Ancient Egypt's most impressive temples. Although an older shrine existed on the site at least since the time of Queen Hatchepsut (~1460 BC), the Temple of Luxor was founded around 1380-1350 BC by the 18th Dynasty ruler Amenhotep III (also referred to as Amenophis III) and dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The Temple, named Ipet-resyt in Ancient Egypt, was greatly expanded by the 19th Dynasty Pharaoh, Ramses II. Some additions followed by later rulers, such as Alexander the Great, and continued until the Temple was converted into a fort by the Romans in the 3rd century AD. Over the years, the Temple was forgotten and became buried under silt and sand, and a small village developed on top of the ruins. It was not until the 19th century AD that the Temple of Luxor was discovered and the whole village was relocated for the excavations to occur. Only the 11th century AD Mosque of Abu el Haggag was preserved, now hanging over the ruins of the Temple. Most striking, though, is the very existence of this incredible temple, along with the mosque atop it, in the middle of the ordinary daily life of the inhabitants of Luxor.
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