Luxor Temple in Luxor

The Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is an Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city Thebes, Luxor governorate. This temple was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC). Finally, it was added to the temples built during Ramses II (1279-13 BC).  In the same time, we can find a granite shrine, toward the rear, which is dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC).

Up to the present day, we can notice very obviously that this temple is still serving as a place of worship. During the Christian era, the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church. The remains of another Coptic church can be seen to the west of this temple. During this period, the door leading to Alexander’s shrine was closed and that the church was located in the second open court. After the appearance of Islam as a religion in Egypt, the temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of Luxor for thousands of years. Later, a Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj built a mosque over the north-east part of it. This mosque was carefully preserved when the temple was uncovered. This mosque is still serving until nowadays

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