FACTS ABOUT LUXOR TEMPLE (part one)
Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple
complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor
(ancient Thebes) and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. The Luxor Temple is constructed of sandstone blocks from Nubia, of southwest Egypt. Construction of the temple was begun by the pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) and was completed by Tutankhamen (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and Rameses II (1279-13 BC).
Facade of Luxor Temple
The temple it was served as a focal point for the Festival (Opet). Every year, the divine image of Amun with his wife Mott and their son Khonsu travel in their sacred castles from the temples of Karnak to the temple of Luxor to celebrate the festival that was held during the flood. The basic function of the OPET was religious, but the festival was also important in preserving the religious role of the king. The entrance to the temple itself is known as the first pylon. It was built by Ramesses II and was decorated with scenes of his military expeditions, in particular his triumph at the battle of Kadesh. The pylon towers originally supported four huge cedar.
Two red granite obelisks originally stood in front of the first pylon at the rear of the forecourt, but only one, more than 25 meters (75 feet) high, now remains. The other was removed to Paris where it now stands in the center of the Place de la Concorde.
PANORAMIC VIEW OF LUXOR TEMPLE, NILE RIVER AND EAST BANK AT NIGHT.
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