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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ...near the Great Sphinx, and of the most remote antiquity. (4) Several great temples at Medinet Habou, especially a temple and palace built by Rameses III., the last great warrior king of Egypt. This group contains the only real remains of a pavilion or palace in Egypt, and in design is very varied and broken, and contains some remarkably fine ancient paintings. In the splendid innermost court of the temple, measuring 123 feet by 133 feet, we find the remains of an early Christian church, looking very small. In this temple are several rows of great Osiride pillars, and amongst the remarkable illustrations of the wars of the king, is the only representation in Egypt of a naval battle, one incident of which is the saving by the Egyptians of some of their enemies who were in danger of being drowned. Nearer to the western edge of the plain stand sundry other remains of importance and beauty, and also many wonderful tombs. On the eastern side of the river are two great groups of ruins; that to the north, nearly opposite El Koorneh, is called Karnac, and the other, about two miles south of it, is called Luxor; both are close to the river, and are of surpassing interest. The two groups of buildings were connected by a double row of sphinxes, mostly ram-headed, and each ten feet long, amounting in all to 500, of which many still remain. The southern part of Luxor, including its hypostyle hall, was built by Amenophis III., and the rest, facing Karnac, and at an angle to the former part, was built by Rameses II. In front of this last part are two colossi of the king, and one obelisk, its former companion being now in Paris. The great temples at Karnac form the grandest group in Egypt, and the greatest is of vast size, great beauty, and all ages. It is 1200 feet long, b...
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