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“Wonderful temple”

Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II)
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Day Tour to Ramesseum Temple, Habu Temple, and Valley of the Nobles
Ranked #17 of 84 things to do in Luxor
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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.
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful temple”
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 to see the Tombs of the Nobles - which are, in my view, some of the best tombs on the West Bank.

Visited August 2013
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“Feel the legacy”
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. The remains of the nearby mortuary temple of Ramasses III at Medinat Habu and of Hatshepsut are far grander today. If you have a ticket that allows for three places in the Valley of Kings, do not choose this one.

However, for those who have grown with the legend, do go and marvel at the ruins. There are still remains of the pylons and halls. The most spectacular remains are those of the fallen over figure of Ramesses II – which when it stood at its full height of 62 feet would have been a sight indeed. Today the head has toppled over, and lies on the side – and that alone is bigger than a standard full size bus! What efforts and technology it must have taken about 3,500 years ago to make a colossal statue of its size is something to truly marvel at. The temple apparently was built over 20 years! There are still a lot of wall stories still clearly visible.

You can take pictures of the Ramasses from the road. For a better idea of the temple structure, visit Medinat Habu, just down the road.

As in every other temple here, the heat is relentless – carry your sun protection gear if you are going in for a longer visit that pics from the road.

Visited April 2014
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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.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Ramses II mortuary Temple”
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.

Visited May 2014
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“A really nice temple”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Most ordinary tourist groups will exclude the Ramesseum from their tours, simply because this is Luxor. In any other town the Ramesseum would be a given. But here it is less visited - and therefore worth a visit if you have the time to spare.

There are fewer tourists here than in Karnak or Luxor temple. The Ramesseum, Ramesses II death temple, is easier to get around and easier to get a grip of. I would suggest renting a taxi for half a day and combine this templre with something else, perhaps Medinhet Habu.

If you let one of the guides that are "lurking about" give you "their" version of a guided tour, be prepared to tip! See it as a kind of "aid" and let go of a few euros.

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Visited November 2013
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