Medinet Habu is one of the best preserved and exciting Temples in Egypt, but unfortunately most tourists get to the temple at the end of a long day after watching other monuments and rarely enjoy more than a quick glance look at this breathtaking edifice. However, the temple deserves more than that, as it is one of the few monuments in Egypt that convey a sense of religious art and architecture that the ancient Egyptians must had.
Medinet Habu Temple is located at the southern tip of Luxor necropolis, the Temple is surrounded by a thick wall containing a large space of 66150 square meters, and perhaps the Temple gets its name after the great architect of the Eighteenth Dynasty Amenhotep, son of Habu.
Medinet Habu is full of many edifices but the most famous of all and the most susceptible to study is the temple of Ramses III. It is also one of the best preserved temples in Egypt, and was known in ancient times as “The Palace of million years to the king of upper and lower Egypt.”
Temple of Ramses III:
Temple of Ramses III is the most important temple in this region, which dates back to the eighteenth dynasty, the Temple includes buildings dates back to the era of King Amenhotep I. at first the construction of the temple was initiated by Amenhotep and completed by both Tuthmosis I and II, the buildings of the Temple also increased byQueen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III.
The walls of the temple are decorated with the military achievements of King Ramses II especially his wars against the people of the sea, the walls also includes inscriptions and paintings celebrating the festivities of the gods. Medinet Habu also includes several important temples, including the Temple of Amun, Temple Ay and Horemheb Temple. The temple was built at the beginning of the rule of King Ramses III and it was a funerary temple.
This temple is one of the largest funerary temples devoted to the commemoration of the Kings in the era of the modern state. The Temple covers an area of approximately 320 meters long from east to west, and 200 meters wide from north to south, it is most likely that it was built in two stages; the first stage includes the construction of the temple and its accessories inside a rectangular wall. The second stage began in the second half of the era of King Ramses III.