Temple of Medinat Habu
The mortuary temple of Ramses III, with its unique characterizes of a fortress, is also known as the Temple of Medinat Habu. It is a very well preserved temple complex with original colors and carvings still very visible. These three thousand year old images include military campaigns, the surrendering of captives of the king, the king harvesting heat and hunting animals, and many more images of the greatest civilization known to man.
This would most likely be the only remaining temple in all of Egypt where one can see parts of the living quarters of the fallen kings. Here in this complex, one can see the king’s bedroom as well as a part of his living space which was part of the Pharaonic palace that was built next to the temple.
It isn’t a sight that one would find in the usual itinerary, although it should definitely be included, if time permits. During summer months one should consider visiting early morning or just before sunset. It is situated on the West Bank of Luxor, which means the temperatures may rise up to fifty degrees Celsius.
Even though this is a relatively smaller complex, the Temple of Medinat Habu is perhaps easy to navigate without a tour guide, but it is recommended that one use the services of a tour guide for the best experience. As mentioned before, as it isn’t included in the ordinary itineraries, one would find fewer visitors, which makes for quite a comfortable tour of the place.
Visitors to the temple often describe it as the one place in Egypt that has some spiritual power to it that they didn’t pick up at the other places they visited. This distinct complex with its columns, sphinxes, pylons and pharaoh statues is beyond comprehension unless seeing it with one’s own eyes.