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The Ramesseum

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Luxor, Egypt.

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Archaeologists are unsure whether this is a memorial or a funerary temple, but either way, it is in the name of Ramses II. The Ramesseum is famous for its giant statues of a seated Ramses II- one of which is still on display there today and the other which can be seen at the British Museum. Interesting drawings and inscriptions can be found decorating the temple's walls, scenes from the Battle of Kadesh, wars in Syria and the Festival of Min.

It dates all the way back to 1278 BCE, but has probably seen better days, at least in terms of deterioration - unfortunately, much of the temple walls are battered due to the annual erosion it faces from the Nile. Many other things have remained in remarkably good condition through 3000 years such as altars, a smaller temple for Seti I, and the scribal training schoolroom- all made out of mud brick.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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