Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River. It was founded during the New Kingdom around 1400 BC. It was dedicated to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and was the focus of one of the most important festivals in ancient Egypt- The annual Opet Festival. During this great annual celebration of royal renewal, statues of the royal family and divine images of the Theban triad were brought in procession from their principal homes in Karnak Temple

The temple is approached by an avenue of human-headed sphinxes, which link it to the Karnak complex some 3 km away. The entrance pylon, built and decorated by Ramesses II, was once graced by two obelisks (one of which is still in site and the other of which is now in Paris) and six colossal royal statues.

In the 11th century AD, a mosque (Abu el-Haggag), still in use today, was built on top of the temple.