The Mighty Luxor Temple MUST VISIT 🇪🇬 معبد الأقصر
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At the back there even is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC).
Then for thousands of years, the temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of Luxor.
Although the mud-brick houses and palaces of Thebes have disappeared, its stone temples have survived. The most beautiful of these is the temple of Luxor. It is close to the Nile and laid out parallel to the riverbank.
The temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day.
During the Christian era, the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church, and the remains of another Coptic church can be seen to the west.
There were 2 obelisks at the front of the temple but one was removed and exchanged for a clock tower with Paris so the obelisk went to paris and Egypt got a clock tower that is in Cairo.
There is an ancient avenue called avenue of sphinxes that goes from Karnak temple (see previous video) to Luxor Temple, it’s currently being under renovation but one can walk 3km from one temple to another in a straight line along the Nile once the renovation is completed, is thought that there were approximately 1350 sphinxes on this road.
This road was used once a year during the Opet festival when the Egyptians paraded along it carrying the statues of Amun and Mut in a symbolic re-enactment of their marriage. At Luxor temple Amun was magically transformed into Min the god of fertility.
The construction of the Avenue of Sphinxes begun during the New Kingdom and finished during 30th Dynasty rule of Nectanebo I (380-362 BC).
The road was renovated by the Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra (51-30 BC) and later used by the Romans. Recently 850 sphinx fragmented have been discovered along a section of Sphinx road built Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC).
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