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Temple of The Ramesseum

Temple of The Ramesseum

The Ramesseum is the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II. It is a romantic ruin. The original structure is not evident while you are walking around the site. It's situated in the Theban necropolis in Upper Egypt, across the River Nile from the modern town of Luxor.

Ramses II was a 19th dynasty pharaoh of Egypt. He ruled for 67 years during the 13th century BC, the apogee of Ancient Egypt's power and glory.
Temple of The Ramesseum

This temple was built by Ramesses II. However it was rival to his temple in Abu Simbel. The site of the temple is almost rectangular in shape. Smaller part of the area is allocated to the main temple of Ramesses II, his palace and a small temple of Seti I. The rest of the space is filled by magazines to maintain the rectangular shape.

Also, In front of the ruins of the first pylon, there once stood a colossal statue of Ramses that was more than 1000 Tons in weight and 18m high!. However the Greeks identified this as the Temple of Memnonium, they associated the colossal statue in front of the Temple with their legendry hero, Memnon, the son of Aurora who's mother, Eos, was the Goddess of dawn. Also they sometimes called it “the tomb of Ozymandias”, a name that might have be derived from the ancient Egypt word “User-Maat-Ra”.

Other Attractions:
Karnak Temple
Temple of Esna
Luxor Temple
Temple of Mut
Temple of The Ramesseum

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