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"Medinet Habu" Medinat Habu Tip by Andrew_W_K

Medinat Habu, Luxor: 30 reviews and 116 photos

  The mighty walls of Medinet Habu
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  • The mighty walls of Medinet Habu - Luxor
      The mighty walls of Medinet Habu
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  • Inside Medinet Habu - Luxor
      Inside Medinet Habu
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  • Inner courtyard Medinet Habu - Luxor
      Inner courtyard Medinet Habu
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  • Cieling with original colours - Luxor
      Cieling with original colours
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Medinet Habu is the mortuary temple of Ramesses III and is the best preserved mortuary temple in the west bank. It is therefore even more staggering to find it deserted when you visit. The mass tourism concentrates on the temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings while this remarkable place goes largely unnoticed.
Much of the temple is fortress like with walls 35 feet thick and 60 feet high.
There is quite a lot to see in terms of statues, reliefs and inscriptions and some of the original colours can be seen, especially on the ceiling reliefs.
There is a small cafe opposite the site where the owners make a lemon drink that is so refreshing after a hot sightseeing stint. Don't forget to tip the old man playing the tambura in the cafe.

Address: 4 miles west of Valley of the Kings
Directions: Buy tickets at the same ticket office that serves Ramesseum, tombs of the nobles, Deir El-Medineh opposite Old Qurna village.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 21, 2009
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