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Luxor: Court of Amenhotep III (1858 photo)

Court of Amenhotep III at Luxor (photo: Frith 1858).

This 1858 photograph by Francis Frith shows the Court of Amhenotop III, dominated by the papyrus motif on its columns. The colonnade of the Temple at Luxor was the starting point for ceremonial processions on major festival days. The processional route through the temple was built by Amenhotep III (also known as Akhenaten; 1353-1335 BC).

 Later in the 18th Dynasty, a relief was carved on the temple walls during the reign of Tutankhamen (1333-1323 BC) portraying the yearly celebration of the festival of Opet (Hobson 1987).


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