This is the mortuary temple of pharaoh Ramesses III. Built during the reign of Ramesses III (between 1182-1151 BC) the temple is the best preserved of all mortuary temples of west Thebes. Most kings who reigned during 18, 19 and 20 dynasties usually built a mortuary temple at west Thebes in order to mantain the cult of the dead king and at the same time sustain the dead king in his after life in the underworld. This kind of temples were dedicated also to mantain the cult of the state god Amun. During the time of Ramesses III the temple complex functioned as the administrative centre of western Thebes, as the place for some religious festivals and some century later due to its high and thick brick walls as a great fortified complex where many inhabitants of the area took refuge during civil unrest. During the Christian era the whole area was covered by a coptic town called Djeme. The temple was called by the ancient egyptians "United with Eternity in the Possession of Amun in Western Thebes". Today the place is called in arabic "Medinet Habu" which means "The City of Habu".
The picture shows part of the second court of the temple. In the centre of the picture, attached to the pillars are the enlarged statues of the king as the god of the dead Osiris. These statues were hacked away by early Christians when the court was converted into a Christian church. At the right you can se a glimse of a column on which the ibis headed Thoth the god of wisdom and healing is depicted giving the king many years and festivals on the throne of Egypt.
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PixelTerror (0) 2004-09-18 9:16
Nice place Christian, good sharpness, nice ancient details and beautiful colors on your photo, just pity the left side is so dark, I try a small WS.
Endy (1025) 2004-09-18 10:20
Beautiful capture of this temple! The sharpness is excellent, that permits to see the details on the column. The texture of the rocks is also well rendered. I have just one reproach, the little distortion created by the column.
pulezan (841) 2004-09-20 6:29
good perspective and nice visible details. but i miss some cloud in the sky. i know, i know, there is nothing you could do about it, i miss it in a lot of my photos to :)
pamastro (7218) 2004-09-22 0:51
Nicely composed shot using the column as a frame on the right side. Nice detail, also, which is given a lot of life by the great note of yours. I really like the color of the sky and this and the smoothness of both. It further adds to the cinematic look of the sights as other shots of yours have. Good job.
- Copyright: Christian Stocker (ChristianS) (2997)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-01-00
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon F100, Tamron SP 24-135 mm f/3.5-5.6, Fuji Provia 100F
- Exposure: f/8
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Egypt, World Heritage Sites Part VII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-18 4:35