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Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II)

Address: West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This magnificent mortuary temple was built on the site of Seti I’s...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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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Xanten, Germany
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

gigantic statue of king ramses fallen and there isnt a crane in the world as yet which can lift the 165 tonne statue and to imagine the egyptians did this 5000 yrs ago. and we are in the jet age ! .. badly damaged in the great eqrthquake but the majestic and grandeur can be felt even now, less touristic... More 

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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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 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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