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The entrance pylon and the facade of the Luxor temple
Luxor & Karnak

The pylon of the temple is one of the largest gate buildings in Egypt and, with its almost 65 metres wide and 25 metres high, is only surpassed by the first three pylons in Karnak and the pylon in Edfu. It was built and decorated under Ramses II, and the reliefs on the front façade of the pylon tell of Ramses II's military achievements and his campaign against the Hittites and the related battle at the Syrian town of Kadesh. While the depictions on the western (right) tower show the Pharaoh in consultation with his officers as well as the attack of the Hittites on the Egyptian military camp, the eastern (left) tower shows battle scenes with many details from the Battle of Kadesh.

In front of the pylon there are two 14-metre-high monumental statues of Ramses II standing at the entrance, with only one of the two obelisks standing in its original place. The other one was taken out of the country in 1836 as a gift from Egypt to France. Today it stands on the famous Place de la Concorde in Paris.

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Copyright: Ruediger Kottmann
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15558x7779
Taken: 20/02/2018
Subida: 09/03/2018
Actualizado: 06/01/2019
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Tags: temple; unesco; pylon; wall; statue; obelisk; place; palms
More About Luxor & Karnak

Part of the Holy Land, Egypt offers a fascinating mixture of ancient pyramids, temples and other religious monuments. There are numerous possibilities to explore Egypt from desert treks to trips down the Nile or scuba diving in the Red Sea and along the Sinai coast. Cairo, which means “The Triumphant”, is home to the pyramids, sphinx and over 17 million residents within its metropolitan area. Luxor is often described as the world’s largest open air museum, built on the ancient city of Thebes. The Karnak temple complex, located near Luxor, is a collection of ancient temples, chapels and various other buildings.

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