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Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II)

Address: West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: This magnificent mortuary temple was built on the site of Seti I’s...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This is a nice temple, with some really great battle scenes and a GIANT, but fallen statue. Much of it is being restored, shored up and protected, but there is still much to see around the temple. A whole number of granaries are near the temple, some relating them to the story of Joseph in Egypt.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Not much visited by tourists, but excellent site and very quiet where you can take your time looking. My favorite site near Luxor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The word awe-inspiring gets overused for these Egyptian relics. I can't think of anytrhing else to say that you can't google. There is just SO much to see when a culture/civilization has had 3,000-4,000 years to build.

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New York City, New York
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The remains of this mortuary temple are amazing. There are colossal statues of Ramses II everywhere, including the largest statue in all of Egypt, now in fragments on the ground. It was the inspiration for Shelley's poem "Ozymandias." Unfortunately, groundwater has risen and the existing pylon is up against a sugar cane field. The site is in danger of further... More 

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haworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Once again i found myself on my own in the Ramessium on the West Bank. Ramses II called his massive memorial temple ‘the Temple of Millions of Years of User-Maat-Ra’. Tickets must be bought at the small ticket office near the Colossi of Memnon and cost 40LE Adults and 20LE Students/Children (coreect as of Sept 2014). I spent around an... More 

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Good Temple to visit, not many people visit this place as it is not on the main tours.We went on our own by taxi and had a good 2 hours there.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

In my view, one of the most stunning temples on the West Bank. Peaceful, quiet, great atmosphere. The carvings on the walls and pylons are incredible and are basically Ramses's propaganda about his various campaigns, his life in general and his relationship with the various deities. Do not miss out on this temple! From here you can also easily walk... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

In legend at least, Ozymandias has no parallels as a ruler. In actual history too, Ramesses II, the Egyptian ruler Shelley referred to 'the king of kings' has an unparalleled place in ancient Egyptian history. As often happened, a powerful ruler built a fitting temple to himself. Ramesseum, as his mortuary temple is now referred to, unfortunately is in ruins.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is quite close to the Hatshepsut temple and comes on the way to the temple from the ferry. Though, not too much to talk about when witnessing the much more breathtaking Hatshepsut temple itself, this is still worth a visit in its own right.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Fantasic venue to vist to see the remnants (Head and Shoulder) of a 17m marble statue of Ramses II. Take a guide like Abdul (Love Egypt Tours) for a passionate and informative visit.

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