How a weirdo sees the world…
What you never really see in tourist brochures is that the Luxor Temple lies near the centre of Luxor, right between modern buildings! It’s like a clash of two worlds: on one hand the hasty crowds of 21st century Luxor , on the other hand the still majestic and powerful, 3500 year old, place of worship. Mind blowing!
It’s a clash of world in another way also – or better, a clash of religions: After the demise of the ancient Egyptian gods, the Romans used the temple to worship their own god. This is evident the imperial cult paintings, which are plastered over the hieroglyphs and pharaonic reliefs of the original temple. The islamic religion is present too, namely in Abu al-Haggag Mosque that was build in the 13th century right on top of the colonnade of the Court of Ramses (II) before the Temple beneath had been revealed – it is ‘floating’ over the Temple, so to speak.
Anyway, it’s a great Temple. And if you happen to be in Luxor, I would greatly advise you to visit it.