LUXOR TEMPLE

The Temple of Luxor is unusual in that it was built to face Karnak temple instead of the Nile. It is also odd because the axis to which it is built is broken, so you can not see directly through to the temple sanctuary from the first pylon.

It is unique in that it combines ruins from an ancient Egyptian Temple with a Coptic Christian church and an active Islamic Mosque all on one site.

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The avenue of the Sphinxes linking Luxor and Karnak temples They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well words that come to mind with this picture include Abdu sneaking up on the unsuspecting worker or Abdu employing the under utilized art of finger puppetry! (#) The missing obelisk can be found in Paris and was exchanged for the clock which is located in the Citadel Cairo (q.v.)
Entering the first pylon you come to the courtyard of Ramesses II. Immediately to your left is the mosque of of Abu-el-Haggag The courtyard is lined with columns with closed bud capitals and statues of the Pharaoh another view
The Temple of Thutmoses III has smaller closed papyrus capital columns The right hand side of the courtyard would have been mirrored on the left if the mosque wasn't there Looking back at the entrance with the mosque to the right (#)
The Mosque (#) and again (#) A seated colossus of Ramesses II guard the entrance to the colonnade of Amenhotep III featuring the giant open papyrus capital columns
Seated statues of Tutankhamen and his queen Ankhesenamun Opposite are three more seated statues, Ramesses II with a queen and a larger Ramesses on his own The colonnade of Amenhotep III leads to the courtyard of Amenhotep III
The courtyard of Amenhotep III is also lined with columns The back a Hypostyle hall leads to the sanctuary which was converted (note the archway) into a Coptic Christian church
Looking back towards the entrance from the courtyard of Amenhotep III. Note the bent axis and the minaret (#)
Many of the Egyptian reliefs still exist Around the side we saw the cartouche of Alexander the Great and heard the story of what cost the god Min an arm and a leg
The avenue of the Sphinxes illuminated (#) (#) - image supplied by Don Anderson

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