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Karnak Temple, Luxor: 180 reviews and 338 photos

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This is obelisk with cartouche of Amenophis III.

Amenophis III (or Amenhotep) was an 18th dynasty king who ruled at a time when Egypt was at the peak of her glory. He lived a life of pleasure, building huge temples and statues, but unlike his predecessors, encouraged realism in art. A rarity among Egyptian kings, he married Tiyi, a non-royal. Most royal marriages are not ordinarily made of love there is normally a political motive. But there is evidence of Amenhotep?s genuine regard for Tiyi. It is recorded that, in her Town of T?aru he made for her a lake 3600 cubits long by 600 cubits wide. He then held a festival on this lake with himself and Tiyi sailing a boat called the ?Disk of Beauties?.

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  • Written Jun 13, 2004
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