The temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day. During the Christian era, the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church, and the remains of another Coptic church can be seen to the west. Then for thousands of years, the temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of Luxor. Eventually the mosque of Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj was built over it. This mosque was carefully preserved when the temple was uncovered and forms an integral part of the site toda
Before the building works by Rameses II the northern end of the court was originally the entrance to the temple. It was an enclosed colonnade of seven pairs of 52-foot (16m) high open-flower papyrus columns. It was begun by Amenhotep III and completed by Tutankhamun and still support its huge
|Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
|25°42′0″N 32°38′21″ECoordinates: 25°42′0″N 32°38′21″E
|UNESCO World Heritage Site
|Temple of Luxor
|Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
|Cultural: (i), (iii), (vi)
|1979 (3rd Session)
|7,390.16 ha (28.5336 sq mi)
|443.55 ha (1.7126 sq mi)
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