Information about Seti I temple Luxor, Egypt

Seti I temple Luxor indeed is the most northerly of the Theban temples. It situated just past the road to the Valley of the Kings, towards the village of El Tarif. The present entrance of Satis temple is through a gate in the northern wall. In fact, Seti I temple Luxor begun by Seti I who named it “Glorious Seti in the West of Thebes”. The temple dedicated it to Amun-Re and the cult of the deified Ramses I. After Seti’s death, the building and decoration completed by his son Ramses II. Same like many of the West Bank Temples, it saw a great deal of re-use after the New Kingdom. The first is during the Roman Period when it seems to have been an area. It is where artisans worked. Later during the Coptic era when parts of the temple converted to a church and dwellings.

Seti I temple Luxor EgyptSince 1972 the German Archaeological Institute undertook investigative and restoration work. The two great pylons of Seti I temple Luxor constructed from mud bricks. Between these there is a row of sphinxes. Moreover, they placed on a processional route through the courtyards. Little remains of the first pylon today, but two sphinxes are still visible by the main gateway. The second pylon also almost completely destroyed. It was due to the mud-brick construction and the natural flooding during inundation. A royal palace situated to the south of the first court. It was the first example of a ritual palace which attached to a temple. The facade of Seti I temple Luxor faced with a portico of ten columns.

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On the southern part of the rear wall there are scenes. They show the barques of Seti I, Ahmosi-Nefertari and the Theban Triad. In addition, portrayals of Seti and Ramses II. The northern part shows Seti I and Ramses II. In fact, they offer to various deities and a text from year 6 of Ramses III. At either side of the door to the hypostyle hall are stelae of Amenemesse. They later usurped by Merenptah-Siptah. The hypo-style hall of Seti temple has six elegant papyrus columns. It also has good quality reliefs, characteristic of the reign of Seti I. It is although decorated during the period of co-regency of Seti and his son. To the sides of the hypo-style there are six chambers. They dedicated to the Theban Triad and the Osirian mortuary deities.

The second chamber on the right has an interesting portrayal. It is of a goddess personifying the temple. A small vestibule behind the hypo-style also has chambers at each side. Each with lintels showing fifteen named deities from Egyptian mythology. The sanctuary area of Seti I temple Luxor consists of a triple shrine of the Theban Triad. They are Amun, Mut and Khonsu. It was where the barques of the deities would housed during the ‘Beautiful Feast of the Valley’. The barque pedestal of Amun is still in situ. Behind this, there is the “holy of holies”. It is with many scenes of the king celebrating the temple rituals. The scenes also include a partly reconstructed false door of the king at the rear on the western wall.

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To the south of the hypo-style hall was a series of chapels which associated with the royal mortuary cult. The central chapel dedicated to Seti’s father Ramses I. It has a beautifully-preserved false door at the rear. The chapel shows Ramses I in a kiosk with a falcon above it. The area to the north of the hypo-style hall was a court. It dedicated to the solar cult. It decorated by Ramses II (the reliefs are less subtle than those of his father). This court had ten pillars. They now gone and a large solar altar in the center, unfortunately now broken. Around the walls, there are depicting scenes of Ramses II offering to various deities. It is while the niches once contained statues of the king.

The arrangement of the royal and solar cult chapels in Seti I temple Luxor is same like Hatshepsut temple. Behind this court is the remains of a staircase which went up to a roof sanctuary. Recent excavations uncovered much of the outer complex of Seti I temple Luxor. Furthermore, it with its rows of storage magazines to the north of the site. There is also a small sacred lake, now empty, on the south side of Seti I temple Luxor. The work is still ongoing but this little-visited temple is well worth seeing.

Entrance to Satis temple Luxor:

Seti I temple Luxor is open from 6 am to 4 pm in winter. Ticket costing 30 Egyptian pound. It should bought from the West Bank ticket office.

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