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“Wonderous wall art”

Temple of Medinat Habu
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Private Half Day Tour to West Bank Tombs and Temples from Luxor
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Owner description: This ancient complex is dominated by the massive memorial temple of Ramses III, similar to the mortuary temple of Ramses II at Ramesseum.
New Delhi, India
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“Wonderous wall art”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

An often overlooked temple in Luxor’s Necropolis, this deserves more visitors for its relatively high state of preservation. The mortuary temple of Rameses III is past the road to Ramasseum, and the temple complex is in a much better shape than the latter. If you have a ticket that allows entry into any three complexes on the west bank, chose this one as one of them.

Though the site is older than Rameses III, and with both Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III having contributed temples to the site, an Amun temple, he went on to build a temple complex, with massive fortified enclosure wall here. Linear in shape like many other temples of the time, it leads from one courtyard to another. Crossing the first pylon brings you to colossal statues of Ramesses III as Osiris on your right as you enter.

With 7,000 odd square metres of richly decorated wall art, with many colours retaining their vibrancy thousands of years later, this is a very a story book on walls. Numerous tales are depicted on its massive walls, including wars against the famous ‘sea of peoples’ whose location is yet to be determined. As you crane you neck up, note the rich tapestry of stories, their blues and verdant greens still bright against the gold of the limestone.

Note the gateway too, unusual in Egypt as it is similar to a Syrian fortress. Apparently, it was in later centuries also used as a church. A city existed within its walls for centuries. Yes, it is likely to be your last stop in the tour of this area, but you would be well advised to save some energy for this complex. It is definitely worth it.

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful temple of Ramses III”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

I'm an archaeologist and this was one of my highlights of Luxor. We had the entire place to ourselves. The temple is special because it retains a lot of its color on the ceilings. truly spectacular. Please visit Egypt. It is a wonderful place and safe contrary to what the media tells you. I took my family of five and we were treated better than anywhere I've ever travelled.

Visited April 2014
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“Medinat Habu May 2014”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

With imagination it demonstrates an imposing mortuary temple. There are some examples of vibrant colours in areas shaded form the sun.

Visited May 2014
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“Medinet Habu”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

This has to be my favourite Temple. For some reason it does not seem to be visited on mass by the British tourist, you get buses of Japanese, Italians and rather nice I feel the Egyptian school children.
The colours in this Temple and the heavily engraved walls are amazing. So deeply are the Hieroglyphics carved out I can't imagine how long it all took to do. A must see Temple in my opinion.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful Temple in Luxor”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This temple is simple, yet insightful. the colors are remarkable, but the condition of the temple is lacking because of protection. If you are in Luxor, this is a must view.

Visited March 2014
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