Luxor Temple

Unique temple with remains of three different kinds of worship

The Temple of Luxor in Egypt was mostly dedicated to host festivals to honour the gods. It was built by several pharaohs including Amenhotep, his grandson Tutankhamun, and Ramesses II. 

The Temple of Luxor was mostly dedicated to host festivals to honour the gods. Amenhotep III ruled from 1390–1350 BC and began its construction. 

His grandson Tutankhamun added an entry hall with seven columns. And then Ramesses II added on even later and had two huge statues of himself erected near the entry, which are 16 metres high. 

The entrance of the Luxor Temple. ©Corno van den Berg

Other religions

The temple was hidden under sand and rubble for a long time. Other buildings and streets were constructed on top, including the mosque of Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj in the 13th century. When the temple was excavated they preserved the mosque, so you can now see the two different styles of architecture combined.

The beauty of the Luxor Temple.

Another interesting feature are the Christian drawings that were placed over the original frescos. When you walk through the temple, you can see a portal to your left, which can give you an impression of how deep the temple was covered in sand.

Visiting Luxor Temple

This temple is located in the middle of the city of Luxor. It  was first uncovered in 1884 when they began excavating it from under the sand. This temple is absolutely worth a visit.

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