Temple at Luxor
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Architect Amenophis III
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Location Luxor, Thebes, Egypt   map
Date -1408 to -1300   timeline
Building Type temple
 Construction System bearing masonry, stone with massive lintels
Climate desert
Style Ancient Egyptian
Notes one of the temples of Amon


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"The Temple at Luxor, Thebes, though founded on an older sanctuary and, like most temples, altered and repaired subsequently, is substantially the work of Amenophis III, apart from a great forecourt, with pylons, added by Rameses II. It was dedicated to the Theban triad, Amun, Mut and Khons. The illustration shows remains of the forecourt, with papyrus-bud capitals and a seated colossus of Rameses, connected by twin colonnades, 53 m (174 ft) long, to a lesser court by Amenophis in the distance. The twin colonnades of bell-capital columns, 12.8 m (42 ft) high, were the only part ever built of a grand hypostyle hall projected by Amenophis, or by the last king of his dynasty, Horemheb. Amenophis III also built a mortuary temple on the west bank at Thebes, but little survives except the twin seated statues of himself, originally 20.8 m (68 ft) high, famous from ancient time as the Colossi of Memnon."

—Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p53.

Sources on Temple at Luxor

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx. PCD 2260.1012.0405.xx.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 19th ed, John Musgrove, ed. London: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. 720'.9. p53, 55. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

E. Baldwin Smith. Egyptian Architecture as Cultural Expression. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938. perspective drawing of forecourt of Amenhotep III from northeast, plateXLVI, p156. perspective of temple drawing, plateXLVI, p156. facade reconstruction perspective drawing, plateXLV, p154. plan drawing, plateXLV, p154.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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