"The Serapeum" Luxor Temple Tip by MM212

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  Statue of Isis within the Serapeum
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  • Statue of Isis within the Serapeum - Luxor
      Statue of Isis within the Serapeum
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  • The Serapeum - Luxor
  • Latin inscription - Luxor
      Latin inscription
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  • The Serapeum - Luxor

Located just outside the main entrance to the Temple of Luxor, the Serapeum was built in 124 AD during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. This Roman-style brick chapel sticks out like a sore thumb among the Ancient Egyptian architecture and was once surrounded by a columned portico. It was dedicated to the god Serapis and is one of the few remaining Roman structures in Luxor. The interior of the Cella (inner sanctuary) once contained several statues of gods and goddesses, only one of which has survived, albeit headless - that of the goddess Isis. In contrast to other statues in Luxor, this one is of undeniable Roman workmanship. Latin inscriptions also decorate the entrance (see close-up photo).

Directions: Within the grounds of the Temple of Luxor - outside the First Pylon

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  • Updated Jan 29, 2008
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