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Luxor temple

2. The halls

3. Grand statues

4. The holiest

5. Walls paintings

6. Roman altar

7. The strange mosque

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Luxor Temple

Luxor, Egypt

There is a lot to see of the temple from the road encircling it. As a matter of fact, some of its dimensions are lost when seen from the inside.

Luxor, Egypt

The Pylons, with one of the two origianl obelisks. The second was removed in 1835, and now stands on the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, EU.

Luxor, Egypt

The beginning of the Avenue of Sphinxes, which once continued all the way till the door case of Temple of Amon.

Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Luxor Temple was started to be constructed around 1400 BCE by Pharaoh Amenophis 3, who also depicted on the two Colossi of Memnon. Ramses 2 added large parts to the temple more than 100 years later. The fact that the Temple of Luxor only has two major construction periods has contributed to a more coherent style and layout than what was the case with the Temple of Amon at Karnak.
The Temple of Luxor was dedicated to the Theban Triad, the three gods Amon-Min, Mut and Khonsu (the two latter had their respective temples at Karnak). Mut was Amon-Min's wife, and Khonsu their son.
The temples at Karnak and the Temple of Luxor were connected by an impressive avenue, flanked with grand sphinxes on both sides. The entire avenue was more than 3 km long, and must have had more than 2000 sphinxes all together.

By Tore Kjeilen