Egyption History & Travel - 2010

Valley of Kings - Mortuary Temple of Ramses II

This temple would have been dedicated to the worship of the god-Pharaoh after his passage from this life into eternity. Like all the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, Ramses II wanted to outdo all previous kings with his enormous buildings. The Ramasseum probably would have won any prizes for complexity and size when it was built over 20 years. However, time and position of the temple in the very floodplain of the Nile have conspired to destroy the sandstone structure and left it a colossal ruin. Even in its devastated condition, it is an awesome sight from the basket of a balloon. Valley of Kings - Tombs of Seti I, Ramses III, IV, and VI. All of these were simply flabbergasting—in their complexity of wall and ceiling paintings and carvings as well as the construction of the rock corridors, and in the presence of so much color from the ancient times. It would be very difficult to say which of these three tombs was the most impressive because all were magnificent. No wonder “Pharaoh” Hawass keeps such tight control of the number of visitations in any one tomb and in how often any individual tomb can be open to the public in a year.

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