Photo Friday: Habu Temple (Egypt)

International Travel, Photography

Habu Temple is the name commonly given to the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, a New Kingdom period structure on the West Bank of Luxor. Aside from its inherent size and architectural and artistic importance, the temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramses III. It is a remarkable site. The carvings here are the deepest of any temple we visited in Egypt and there remain some areas wonderfully colored.

Beware, though, like most sites in Egypt, there are men wondering around that look official and offer to show you some areas usually not open to the public. After they take you around a bit, they’ll demand a tip and aren’t afraid to show their displeasure if it’s not of an amount to their liking.

Photos taken January 2, 2011

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