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29. Hundreds of statues

30. Most sacred of Mut

31. Other temples

32. Sacred lake

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Temple of Mut

Mut precinct, Luxor, Egypt

The only representation of Mut herself in her temple. She is the figure to the right, measuring not much more than 1 metre height. Amon in the middle, while their son Khonsu is largely destroyed.

Mut precinct, Luxor, Egypt

The Temple of Mut and the adjacent temples are officially closed to visitors. But the local guards and the friendly guide seems to be all the more happy to see you come. They will go on reminding you not to tell anyone that you were allowed in, motiving you to leave a handsome baksheesh when you leave. I had to promise the same, but they seemed to be OK with the fact that I was a journalist at work, so I don't know really how much they had to fear.
Let's be honest and just say that for most visitors the area is not terribly interesting. There is nothing of the grandeur that you can see in Luxor's famous sights, and whatever has fallen in, has stayed on the ground.
But for travellers who take their time really exploring Egypt, the temples here put in a missing piece on the puzzle. First, they are the explanation why there is a bend on the Avenue of Sphinxes between the Temple of Amon and Luxor Temple. Secondly, the many statues of Sekhmet are notable, and the Sacred lake is very nice. Also, the fact that the main temple here is dedicated to the goddess Mut, the consort of Amon, make it quite unusual.
Perhaps most attractive to many is that this is one of few occasions in Luxor where you will have the chance of exploring an important temple almost all by yourself.
Mut precinct, Luxor, Egypt

The Temple of Mut is perfectly aligned with the Avenue of Sphinxes and the 10th and last Pylon of the Amon Temple complex. You can see it in the distance.

By Tore Kjeilen