"Luxor Temple - First Pylon" Luxor Temple Tip by MM212

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  The First Pylon & Colossi of Ramses II
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      The First Pylon & Colossi of Ramses II
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      The Battle of Qadesh
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  • The First Pylon - Luxor
      The First Pylon
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      Hittite Prisoners
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Added by Ramses II (19th Dynasty) around 1270-1250 BC, the First Pylon speaks to the grandeur of the reign of the Pharaoh. The imposing structure is carved with sunken reliefs - now somewhat difficult to discern - describing the Pharaoh's successes in the famous Battle of Qadesh in Syria against the Hittites. The much reproduced image of Ramses II, with a bow and arrow riding a horse-drawn chariot, is depicted on the fašade, along with masses of losing Hittite enemy warriors. In addition to the two obelisks placed in front, six colossal statues of the Pharaoh (four seated and two standing) guarded the First Pylon. Only one of the standing statues remains in place, while two seated colossi continue to flank the grand entrance to this day.

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2008
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