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Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. , Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern sanctuary", the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility whence its name.
The earliest parts of the temple still standing are the barque chapels, just behind the first pylon. They were built by Hatshepsut, and appropriated by Tuthmosis III. The main part of the temple - the colonnade and the sun court were built by Amenhotep III, and a later addition by Rameses II, who built the entrance pylon, and the two obelisks (one of which was taken to France, and is now at the centre of the Place de la Concorde) linked the Hatshepsut buildings with the main temple. To the rear of the temple are chapels built by Tuthmosis III, and Alexander. (cfr.Wikipedia)
1990's photos were taken on Ektachrome film.
Entrance of Luxor Temple Entrance of Luxor Temple The Pylon of Ramesses II and the red granite obelisk The Pylon of Ramesses II and the red granite obelisk
Inside the Great Court of Ramesses II Sitting Ramesses II Closeup of Ramesses II Colossal statues of Ramesses II
Colossal statues of Ramesses II Statue of Ramesses II Two rows of papyrus bud columns The east side of the peristyle court of Amenhotep III
The Colonnade of  Amenhotep III's temple Central corridor of the temple Amenhotep's colonnade from the peristyle court
Hypostyle hall Hypostyle hall Wall inscriptions A Sphinx
Row of Sphinxex once leading to Karnak Row of Sphinxex once leading to Karnak A Sphinx Islamic mosque built over temple