Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. For centuries Thebes was once known as the capital of the known world. The Luxor temple was built with sandstone from the Gebel el-Silsila area, which is located in south-western Egypt.

In Luxor there are six great temples, the four on the left bank are known to travellers and readers of travels as Goornah, Dayr-eh-Baharee, the Ramesseum, and Medinet Haboo; and the two temples on the right bank are known as the Karnak and Luxor.


At the Luxor temple, the two obelisks (the smaller one closer to the west is now in the Place de la Concorde in Paris) flanking the entrance were not the same height, but they created the illusion that they were. With the layout of the temple they appear to be of equal height, but using illusionism, it enhances the relative distances hence making them look the same size to the wall behind it. Symbolically, it is a visual and spacial effect to emphasize the heights and distance from the wall, enhancing the already existing pathway.

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