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Medinet-Haby temple in Luxor photo

The mortuary temple Medinet-Haby built by the Pharaoh Ramesses III in honour of his victory over the «peoples who have come from beyond the sea» in 1173 B.C.

Of the strong wall that once encircled the Medinet-Haby temple there remained only the earth mound, although the temple itself is in good condition. On the first, the largest pylon the ode is engraved glorifying the victories of the Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh himself is depicted bending over the defeated enemies and holding them by the hair.

On the sides of the first court the statues of Pharaoh are standing with arms crossed, in Osiris position, on the second pylon of Medinet-Haby almost the entire wall is taken up by the story of the war. Having passed through the second pylon, one can reach the hypostyle hall, which, alas, didn’t survive. 

There remained nothing but column bases, giving some idea about the scale of the temple. It would be very curious to look around the adjacent rooms, where there survived most interesting frescoes of gods and Pharaohs. Many of them still retain paint.

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The first and the largest pylon of Ramesses III temple at Medinet-Habu
Rooms on the sides of a large hypostyle hall at Medinet-Habu
Bas-reliefs depicting praying baboons in the temple of Medinet Abu in Luxor
Main scene on the first pylon of Medinet Aby temple - Pharaoh Ramses III hold the defeated enemies by the hair
First pylon with the bas-relief of a pharaoh
Road to Medinet Habu from the (now buried) canal of the Nile. Pharaoh could get to the temple in a boat.
Statues of Ramesses III and one of his wives
Detailed description of the victories of Ramesses III over the "peoples of the sea" on the second pylon.
Inscriptions and figures of the pharaoh and the gods who helped him to get the victory, on the second pylon of Medinet-Aby temple
Here you can read how Ramesses III defeated the "peoples of the sea." These were people from the islands of today Greece, Small Asia and Syria.
Egyptian cartouches on the walls of the temple
There even remained paint on the bas-reliefs in some rooms near the hypostyle hall
Bas-reliefs of Medinet-Abu telling about the life of pharaoh
Sculpture of the lion deity Sekhmet, the wife of Ptah, the creator of the world
Colonnade of the entrance hall of Medinet-Aby temple where paint remained on bas-reliefs
Colonnade of the entrance hall. There depicted the scenes of the pharaoh bringing gifts to the deities on the wall.
Sculpture of the pharaoh in the pose of Osiri in the first courtyard of the Medinet-Habu temple
Additional buildings around the Medinet-Habu temple
Column bases in the hypostyle hall
Main passage to the hypostyle hall of the Medinet-Habu temple
Site of the former hypostyle hall. Now there remained only the column bases here.
Rooms surrounding the Great Hypostyle Hall
Inner court between the first and second pylons
Porch of the hypostyle hall where one can see a passage through both pylons
Bas-reliefs on the porch of the hypostyle hall
Big king`s gate the pharaoh approached in a boat by a canal of the Nile. There depicted the victories of the pharaoh and him giving gifts to the deities on it.
Picture of the Pharaoh attacking the enemies in his chariot on the second pylon
Bas-relief of the boat carrying the pharaoh to the other world with the goddess Nekhbet depicted as the black vulture hovering over it in one of the rooms surrounding the hypostyle hall.
Colonnade in the entrance hall of the first courtyard
Chronicle of the pharaoh`s victories on the wall of the second pylon