The Temple of Luxor - the great pylon of Ramses II

The great pylon of Ramses II

An avenue of human headed sphinxes of over one and a half miles (3 km) once connected the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Seated statue of Rameses II This was used once a year in a festival during which the image of Amun travelled from Karnak to visit his southern dominion. It was at Luxor temple that he was transformed into Min the god of fertility.

Two massive seated statues of Rameses II guard the huge gateway (pylon). Two 80 foot (25m) obelisks once accompanied them but today only one remains the other stands in the Place De La Concorde in Paris.

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