Temple of Luxor

In fact, the name Luxor comes from the Arabic al- Uksur, meaning “fortification” Which in turn derived from the Latin word “castrum” the word for a fortification. The temple was also called the ” Temple of Amen of the Opet,” Amenemopet” or ” The Southern Sanctuary.” Like the temples at Karnak, Luxor Temple has undergone numerous changes and additions over the past three millennia. Undoubtedly, an earlier Middle Kingdom temple once stood on the site, perhaps even an Old Kingdom Temple before that. There is certainly evidence that Queen Hatshepsut built here in the 18th Dynasty. But the earliest structures visible today were erected by Amenhotep III,  and he and Rameses II were responsible for most of the temple’s huge colonnades and courts. Later, substantial redecorating was undertaken by Ptolemaic and Roman rulers, Christian priests, and Moslem sheikhs.

Luxor Temple | The Outer Courtyard Between the Sphinx avenue and the pylon
Luxor Temple | The Pylon of Ramses II
Luxor Temple | The shrines of Thutmose III
Luxor Temple | The Open Court of Ramses II
Luxor Temple | The Hypostyle Hall
Luxor Temple | The Open court of Amenhotep III
Luxor Temple | The Hypostyle hall of Amenhotep III
Luxor Temple | The Sanctuary
Luxor Temple | The birth room of Amenhotep III

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on Apr 19, 2016

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