ancient site was associated with Amun in
his form as a creator and fertility god,
and was imagined to be the location of
the primeval mound of creation. It lies
directly across the Nile from Luxor
Temple, and was the focus of several annual
festivals. In the 18th Dynasty, a temple
to Amun was built here by Hatshepsut and
Thutmose III. Ramesses III, the last great
warrior pharaoh of the New Kingdom, chose
this site as the location of his memorial
temple, and enclosed the earlier Amun temple
within his complex.
best-preserved of the New Kingdom memorial
temples, Medinet Habu is decorated with
scenes and texts illustrating the military
victories of the king, as well as the rituals
performed and festivals celebrated here.
South of the temple, linked to the first
court by a Window of Appearances, is a
palace for the king.
the Late Period, several of the Divine
Wives of Amun, the high priestesses and
principal administrators of the Amun cult
during this era, constructed their tombs
in the forecourt of the temple.
Daily, 6 AM – 5
Egyptian: 2 LE
Foreign: 25 LE
50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card
On the West Bank, opposite Luxor.
BY FERRY: From Luxor, there is a local ferry
that runs from the Corniche, which is labeled “National
Ferryboat.” You will have to catch
a taxi once you reach the west bank.
BUS: You should be able to rent a minibus
from Luxor, many are run through hotels
or tour groups.
TAXI: Taxis from Luxor will be more expensive,
but you can ask
to go maabd
habu from there,
or take the ferry across