Africa: Temples, Palaces I / Mortuary Temple of Seti I

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The Mortuary Temple of Seti I is the memorial temple (or mortuary temple) of Pharaoh Seti I. It is located in the Theban necropolis in Upper Egypt, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor, near to the modern town of Qurna. The temple seems to be constructed towards the end of the reign on Seti, and may have been completed by his son Ramesses the Great after his death. One of the chambers contained a shrine or sanctuary dedicated to Seti's father Ramesses I, who ruled for under 2 years, and did not construct a mortuary temple for himself. The temple was built of white sandstone on the plan of two courtyards, each with their own pylon, a six columned hypostyle hall and a sanctuary. The temple was originally approached by an avenue of sphinxes but only one now remains, on the base of which is inscribed a motif of 9 bows, representing Seti's conquered enemies. The central part of the temple is dedicated to Seti and the southern part to Rameses I. In the side chapels of the hypostyle hall, Seti is seen making offerings to Amun. The cartouches of both Seti I and Rameses II are carved on the first pylon. Most of the temple's decoration refers to Seti I but Rameses can also be seen making offerings to the gods in the hypostyle hall.


 

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