Egypt mortuary temples







Egypt mortuary temples are numerous and represent important touristic attractions. One of these temples is the temple of Karnak at Luxor. Today this temple it is the largest religious structure in the world. This was not the largest temple of Egypt but the Ptah’s temple in Memphis was. The temples of Dendera, Karnak and Kom Ombo were religious temples were the gods were worshiped. The temples like the Karnak one and the kings` s mortuary temples are very similar. The both types of temples were built to keep alive the god’s name or the king name. The temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel was dedicated to Hathor but the temple was also built for political purposes. The temples, together with the temple of Ramesses II (Hathor’s husband) were also built to remind to the Egypt Southern neighbors of Egypt’s greatness. The Egypt temples were built for various purposes; most of them were dedicated to the different deities, many of them were mortuary temples dedicated to the dead king where he or she was worshiped. There were also the monumental gateways that were connected to the mortuary chapel of the king by a causeway and called valley temples. And another category is the one of the specialized temples like the ka temples, the coronation temples, the Sed-festival temples, the sun temples and so on. The non-mortuary temples had chapels, vestibules, courtyards, antechambers and offering halls just like the mortuary temples had. One of the most important difference between the mortuary temples and the non-mortuary ones is that the last mentioned used to be added to, usurped or built upon by different kings. In most of the cases, the Egypt mortuary temples were much simple than the most of the non-mortuary temples.



Egypt Mortuary Temples




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