Among the many temples and palaces of Ancient Egypt, the temple in Luxor, built by Pharaoh Ramses III, stands out in its likeness with the temple of Amon, his more famous and richer predecessor, Ramses II. So, staying on an excursion to Luxor, it is worth to appreciate this historic sight of Ancient Egypt.
Burial temple in Luxor Ramesses III and a bit of its history
According to the surviving historical documents, the temple in Luxor, built by Ramses III, refers to the period of the 11th-12th centuries BC, when, after not prolonged reign of his predecessor, and this is only two years, Ramses III ascended to the throne of the pharaoh, who considered himself an earthy likeness of the Egyptian god War of Mont. And this comparison had a certain definite ground. After all, it was during this period of the history of Ancient Egypt that not only Palestinian tribes, but also the so-called “peoples of the sea”, who inhabited the vast expanses of the Mediterranean coast, claimed on its territory.
But in this situation, Ramses III, acted like a real and talented military commander. And mobilizing his soldiers, Ramses III quickly enough stopped a kind of “journey through Africa” of these warlike tribes through the territory of Ancient Egypt. Thus, not only gained military fame, but also, in addition to this, a fairly large military booty. And for a long time without thinking about the purpose of spending the money, he started building his funeral church. And, having quite decent means, Ramses III decided to build a temple that would not be inferior to the similar structure of his predecessor Ramses II, namely the temple of Amun, which is located in Karnak.
Advantages of the temple in Luxor
Although Ramses III did not succeed in surpassing his predecessor in this plan, the temple was less grandiose both in its size and in terms of the sumptuousness of its exterior and interior decoration, but as a noteworthy historical landmark, the Medinet-Abu temple complex has no equal in the territory of the modern Egypt. After all, the frescoes, bas-reliefs and sculptural compositions that make up its foundation, tell in some detail not only about the victories of Ramesses III over the enemies of Ancient Egypt, but also show one or another of his travels through his vast possessions.
So, if you are going to rest in Africa, namely in its northern part, then staying in Egypt, do not forget to settle Luxor and its temple complex, which, of course, will amaze you, with its former splendor and grandeur of the structure.
How to get there
Before going to the temple complex in Luxor it is worth to contact the travel agency that organizes excursions to this historical landmark, with the aim of clarifying not only the established time of its visit, but also the cost of the entrance ticket. In addition, it is worth remembering that the temple complex is located at a distance of less than ten kilometers from the Luxor itself. So, having reached the bus to the city, then you have to go on a fixed-route taxi.