Touring Madinat Habu Temple in Egypt.
There are lots of excellent ancient Egyptian tombs and temple sites to tour around whilst on holiday in Egypt and then there are several which are particularly remarkable (Karnak Temple is amazing) for various reasons maybe because of their sheer
size or perhaps because of the wall paintings and so on. We considered that Madinat Habu was equally exceptional and certainly not to be
ignored during a tour in the area. Actually it is surprising how often Madinat Habu Temple
is missed out
by people when they are out touring the ancient sites - once the day trips out to the various Tombs are completed perhaps they have had enough sightseeing and just go back to Luxor - missing out a visit to Madinat Temple is in our view a major omission.
To get in a full day of touring the ancient sites on your own probably it's best to start of with visiting the Valley of the
Kings and Valley of the Queens
first - this topic assumes this. On leaving the Valley of the Queens head back down the road with Dayr Al-Madina village up on the hillside to the left. Just before the sharp bend in the road and the police checkpoint branch off half right across rough ground,
cross a road and then walk on alongside the site's outer ruined walls to another road. Go right along this road and into the village - soon reaching Madinat Habu which is enclosed by a high defensive wall (there are shops and a cafe
by the gates).
The first picture above is the Pylon of Ptolemy VIII and the next is a close up of the top of it's gate and the third photo is looking up under the archway. 4th and 5th photos are the ruins of the Temple of the 18th Dynasty and of the Migdol and the ruins of the chapels of the Divine Votaresses.
Below are pictures of the First Pylon showing the entrance to Madinat Habu Temple - this is really imposing and it has huge wall reliefs of Ramses III
Wall releifs and pylons to be found in the North and South Colonnades of the First Court.
There are a whole series of columns in the Temple - these photos were taken in the Second Court. They are massive as perhaps can be appreciated in the photo below far right where you can see someone is sitting. The pillars are completely covered in paintings which show up really well - however they look particularly spectacular where the sun-light catches them.
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