"Luxor Temple" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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  Luxor Temple
by Myndo

The Luxor Temple was built by the Pharao Amenophis III - the Sun King (yes, that is the one that tried to reform the religion by admitting only one god: Ra, the sun, he had some nice ideas, but the people and especially the old priests liked their gods better, so they returned to them after he had died).1352 a.C.

The temple was later redesigned by Ramses II who added the Pylons, also most of the statues and reliefs in the temple show Ramses II: the two of him in the front are left of 6 that used to be here. 2 and the second obelisk have been taken as souvenirs by Napoleon and are now standing in Paris.

The temple is in pretty good shape, what can be explained, because it was buried in sand for a long time. The village of Luxor was built right on it.
When they began to dig it out, there was a problem, because a Mosque was built right there. They were only allowed to proceed, when they let the Mosque stand - what they did. The entrance door is now 1 floor above the ground level today, but it is still there.

But not only the muslim left their traces in Luxor temple. Where the holy chamber was, the christians had a small church - the columns there are corintic.

Directions: Luxor Temple, right at the Corniche (road at the Nile) in Luxor

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2004
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