The Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III, built by Amenhotep for the Pharaoh Amenhotep III during the 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom lies on the Western bank of the Nile river. The Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III is the largest funeral collection in and around Thebes.
The Entrance Of The Temple
The ongoing digging work has restricted access to the temple site. Visitors, however, get a great view as they walk alongside the road from the Colossi of Memnon. Photography in the area is strictly prohibited. The site is not currently open to visitors all the time.
- Amenhotep III worshipped the sun god Amun-Re, and therefore the temple was constructed facing eastwards, such that sun rose in the east of the temple. The Colossi of Memnon lies in front of the Amenhotep Temple.
- The whole area enclosed by three gates divided into north and south halves looks unconventional. The entrance of the Temple comprises of a long Hypostyle Hall leading to the Peristyle Sun Court. The Sun Court consists of the statues of Amenhotep III and the other gods. The North Side of the court has statues made of brown quartzite from the lower part of Egypt. The South Side of the Sun Court has red granite from Upper Egypt.
- Followed by a walkway adorned with statues of the Pharaohs and the Queens, the entrance also leads to a courtyard spotted by the statue of a crocodile sphinx. The temple has two other statues preserved to the present day.
- As you enter into deeper parts of the temple ruins, you find papyrus inscriptions written in huge columns on the walls. These columns contain the names of prisoners of ancient Egyptian wars.
- There are columns with displays of the Pharaohs’ accomplishments.
Current Status Of The Temple
- The temple in the present day left in ruins with only two massive eighteen foot high statues, which used to be the entrance of the burial chamber in the ancient days still holds a strong position in Egyptian history.
- The temple listed among the most endangered monuments of old times receives American funds for its restoration and maintenance.
- Excavations have been carried out in this area to explore the details of the temple.
Only some parts of the mortuary temple are still intact. The mortuary temple built close to the river area faced the river’s fury. The annual flooding led to the rapid decay of the site. The remains of the temple still create a majestic view. To book your tour to the Temple of Amenhotep III visit our website @ Nile Holiday