Temple Across the Nile.
Seen in this view from the west bank of the Nile, Luxor Temple was the
goal of the yearly journey of the god Amun of Karnak during the Feast
of Opet. Luxor Temple was only one of the locations in Egypt believed
to be the "Place of the First Occasion," the primeval mound
of creation; here Amun of Karnak and his earthly representative, the king,
came for rejuvenation. Luxor Temple was also linked to the Eighteenth
Dynasty temple across the Nile at Medinet Habu, the traditional burial
place of the Ogdoad (four male and female pairs of deities who assisted
the creator god), and of a primeval, serpentine, creative form of Amun
himself. The southernmost portions of Luxor Temple were built by Amenhotep
III; the northern court and its great pylon, with scenes commemorating
his Pyrrhic victory at Kadesh, are the work of Ramesses II.
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