After a whirlwind tomb tour of the Valley of the Kings, our next stop before lunch was the Ramesseum. Technically, the ancient Egyptians called these temples “The House of Millions of Years”. People today also call them mortuary temples, but that is an incorrect term since the ancient Egyptians used to worship at the temples while the Pharoah was alive, not after he was dead. BTW, the name “Ramesseum” was created by Jean-François Champollion in 1829. https://ramesseum.pagesperso-orange.fr/ram_eng.htm
The Largest Collection of Egyptology Books in Luxor
After lunch, we headed back to our hotel and Max, our tour leader asked us if anyone was interested in visiting a local bookstore. Many of us jumped at the chance. This was not part of our tour, but a nice added bonus. Thank you, Max, for arranging this for us! 🙂
I was glad I brought an empty backpack with me to the store because I ended up buying a lot of books that are hard to find in the US. I now regret not buying a 3 volume set on Abydos. It contained all the findings done by Petrie. I might order it from them in the future.
I just finished my shopping in time to walk across the street and meet up with the rest of our group for a visit to Luxor Temple. I put the word “crook” into the title of this post not because I met any thieves in Egypt, but because I saw so many statues of Rameses the Great today holding his “Crook” and Flail today.
Here is the official website for Luxor Temple: http://www.sca-egypt.org/eng/SITE_Luxor.html
Another link to a site that discusses in detail the attractions of the temple. https://discoveringegypt.com/luxor-temple/
After our visit, it was back to the hotel for dinner if we liked which I skipped because I had to be up and ready to leave the hotel at 4:15 am in the morning. I was off to bed in order to get some well-earned sleep. Balloon ride tomorrow!
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