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Address: West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
Description: This magnificent mortuary temple was built on the site of Seti I’s ruined...
This magnificent mortuary temple was built on the site of Seti I’s ruined temple and was described as the “tomb of Ozymandia,” which later inspired a poetic verse by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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I have always loved this extensive and fascinating site, with colour still visible on some of the capitals, the usual Ramses smiting Hittites reliefs and the enormous (collapsed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I have always loved this extensive and fascinating site, with colour still visible on some of the capitals, the usual Ramses smiting Hittites reliefs and the enormous (collapsed) statue that inspired Shelley's Ozymandias. This is not the most visited of temples, but we were completely alone the whole time we were there - the atmosphere was amazing.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Ramesseum is a better experience than during my first visit about 20 years ago. Excavations continue in the complex. The ancient mud brick constructions are the best I have seen. While shattered long, long ago by an earthquake, the colossal monolithic statue of Ramses II still manages to impress. Work is underway to reassemble it even if I have... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I think I fell in love with this temple since last time I had visited it, it is truly stunning and magnificent, it is the temple of millions of years as it was called since its establishment, every thing there is eye-catching specially the huge colossal granite statue of Ramses the 2nd, also the astronomical hieroglyphs with their vibrant colours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I love Shelley's poem about Ozymandias King of Kings so this was a must visit for me. We took a taxi there and there were no other visitors. The fallen colossus statue is as impressive as imagined and some guides took us all over the site. A lot of excavating is revealing details of life in the vicinity of the... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The words of this evocative poem wonderfully suggest the romanticism of the Ramesseum when bathed in afternoon sunlight. Although now badly destroyed the huge enclosure of Ramesses II's 'mansion-of-millions-of-years' (mortuary temple) is very much a must-do on most Egyptology students' wish-lists to visit. The beautiful star-ceiling, Ramesses II's processions of princes and princesses, the lovely tree of life scene, and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were the only ones here and no hawkers or guardians, it was great. Our guide told us some stories and we could marvel at the carving and the massiveness of the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have visited the Ramesseum many times and always find something new.and interesting .the giant statue of Ramses is broken after an earthquake many years ago but it is still very impressive

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

All of the temples we visited were unique, and I would advise seeing as many as you can rather than sunbathing all holiday. This temple was easily the smallest one we visited, but had the largest statue we saw all holiday. Still impressive without it, but it's worth seeing just to stand next to a statue of such a massive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

After much recent conservation work this temple is looking better than even. Wonder at the colossal size of the famous Ozymandius statue, and enjoy the temple almost to yourself. This is not popular with tourists, so its a magnificent gem where you can contemplate ancient egypt in relative peace and quiet.

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Xanten, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The temple must have been gigantic, but much of it was lost. What remains is still interesting enough, most of all the first pylon which tells us about the battle of Kadesh. The temple and the palace - which is not there any longer - were surrounded by magazines and craft shops made of mud bricks, a lot of them... More 

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