Temple of Medinat Habu
Temple of Medinat Habu
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This ancient complex is dominated by the massive memorial temple of Ramses III, similar to the mortuary temple of Ramses II at Ramesseum.
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  • Lizzie161
    East Malling, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Worth the short detour
    Can't believe this is not on the tourist route. So close to Valley of the Kings and yet there can only have been around 30 people visiting when we visited. The remaining colour on the walls and ceilings were incredible. As with all these sites, best to have a guide with you to explain what you are seeing.
    Visited November 2022
    Written November 29, 2022
  • Mary R
    Winchester, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Avoid the crowds
    There is a lot of conservation work in progress. Will probably be of more interest with more areas accessible when this work is complete. On the positive side it’s not on the mainstream tourist trail so not crowded. Gruesome carving of Egyptian method of tallying the deaths of their enemies of interest if you are aware of the backstory.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 15, 2022
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China852 contributions
    Slightly Out Of The Way But Worth The Visit
    We were getting templed out by the time we got here so having seen so many other wonderful temples on our visit, this one ranked slightly lower than the others, possibly unfairly. The colours in some places are quite remarkable but the damage done by the early Christians is disappointing. There is still some conservation work ongoing and it was much more crowded than some other reviewers experienced.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Mary
    Tucson, Arizona35 contributions
    Medinat Habu -- in my memory forever!
    I just came back from 2 days in Valley of the Kings and Luxor. Luxor and Karnak Temples are important to see but they are a little overwhelming. Medinat Habu was not listed on our tour but it will remain in my memory forever. The first sight through the layers of arches is amazing. One of the features that set it apart is the balcony for officials to watch processions into the complex. While smaller in size, it is spacious with enough pillars and statues for anyone. With fewer visitors, photo opps are easier to capture. (Shadows can be a problem.) What is most remarkable is the quality of the hieroglyphics. There are remarkable stories etched into the stonework. They are sharp, clean and many are alive with brilliant colors. While there is damage, it is nothing like the damage at Luxor and Karnak due to flooding, erosion, silt build-up, and man. I agree with an earlier reviewer -- do your homework and read up on this one. I would return to the valley again just to visit Medinat Habu.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia784 contributions
    Another lesser known gem in Luxor!
    It pays to do research before travelling to Luxor, even though we had been here back in 2006, we had no idea of the existence of this wonderful temple. Our favourite, after Hathor's Temple Dendera north of Luxor. Not as busy as the Luxor or Karnak Temples but also in much better condition than both of these. Definitely worth a visit whilst on the West Bank. Its entry ticket is included with the Premium Luxor Pass as all of Luxor's attractions are.
    Visited February 2023
    Written April 16, 2023
  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, Michigan519 contributions
    Worth the trip!
    Go visit this Temple! It's worth it! We had seen a number of stunning sites on our trip, but this one blew me away. The colors are so vibrant against a backdrop of damage from time and other religious groups. It wasn't very busy but it's definitely worth a stop and it ended up being my favorite.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Fred H
    Bangor, United Kingdom22 contributions
    Simply amazing Luxor
    Most has been said in previous reviews what I would say is just go and see the wonders that are in and around Luxor. We have just returned from a 10 day trip to Luxor staying at the amazing Pavilion Winter Palace. There is just so much to see and do it can be overwhelming but what an experience. I think Medinet Habu was our favourite, just go.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Theoax
    Tel Aviv, Israel284 contributions
    Best of the temples in Luxor
    The Karnak temple is the largest, with many sections, many pillars and many large statues. The Luxor temple is also quite impressive. But in my view this temple is the best one to visit. The carvings in the walls are deep, the colors are beautiful. The temple grounds also include rooms of the pharaoh's palace.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Susanna H
    4 contributions
    A temple worth a visit
    Love this temple. Tip, get a tour guide who knows about it (our mistake the guide we had didn't know much). Apparently there is somewhere a mistake in the hygrogrifics but the guide didn't show us and there is an intact kings toilet that the guide missed. If its open the actual mortuary room is worth seeing. It is a beautiful place, and after a visit the little cafe directly over the road from the entrance is a must.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,407 contributions
    My favorite attraction in the Day Tour
    This is my favorite of the 5 places we visited in the Group Day Tour. It was the last stop and wished that we stayed here longer. Entrance fee here is 140 EGP or about US 4.50. No need to ride the trolley here. This attraction is huge and tall, like a five story building. There are many columns with interesting cavings. The same is true with the walls, carvings of men fighting, cut off hands and penises being recorded, etc. Towards the back are huge, circular structures with beautiful carvings. Highly recommended to visit this attraction. I might return here on my own by taking a taxi from the city center.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 27, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
This is my favorite of the 5 places we visited in the Group Day Tour. It was the last stop and wished that we stayed here longer. Entrance fee here is 140 EGP or about US 4.50. No need to ride the trolley here.

This attraction is huge and tall, like a five story building. There are many columns with interesting cavings. The same is true with the walls, carvings of men fighting, cut off hands and penises being recorded, etc. Towards the back are huge, circular structures with beautiful carvings.

Highly recommended to visit this attraction. I might return here on my own by taking a taxi from the city center.
Written October 27, 2023
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Astrobeemer
Vancouver, Canada638 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
This temple complex should definitely be on your list in Luxor. The carvings are deep, the colors are beautiful and there is much to see and discover. I found it less busy than Luxor and Karnak but just as interesting.
Written September 4, 2023
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Susanna H
4 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
Love this temple.
Tip, get a tour guide who knows about it (our mistake the guide we had didn't know much). Apparently there is somewhere a mistake in the hygrogrifics but the guide didn't show us and there is an intact kings toilet that the guide missed.
If its open the actual mortuary room is worth seeing.
It is a beautiful place, and after a visit the little cafe directly over the road from the entrance is a must.
Written August 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Theoax
Tel Aviv, Israel284 contributions
May 2023
The Karnak temple is the largest, with many sections, many pillars and many large statues. The Luxor temple is also quite impressive. But in my view this temple is the best one to visit. The carvings in the walls are deep, the colors are beautiful. The temple grounds also include rooms of the pharaoh's palace.
Written May 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fred H
Bangor, UK22 contributions
Apr. 2023
Most has been said in previous reviews what I would say is just go and see the wonders that are in and around Luxor. We have just returned from a 10 day trip to Luxor staying at the amazing Pavilion Winter Palace. There is just so much to see and do it can be overwhelming but what an experience. I think Medinet Habu was our favourite, just go.
Written May 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rachel548
Farmington Hills, MI519 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Family
Go visit this Temple! It's worth it! We had seen a number of stunning sites on our trip, but this one blew me away. The colors are so vibrant against a backdrop of damage from time and other religious groups. It wasn't very busy but it's definitely worth a stop and it ended up being my favorite.
Written May 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia784 contributions
Feb. 2023
It pays to do research before travelling to Luxor, even though we had been here back in 2006, we had no idea of the existence of this wonderful temple. Our favourite, after Hathor's Temple Dendera north of Luxor. Not as busy as the Luxor or Karnak Temples but also in much better condition than both of these. Definitely worth a visit whilst on the West Bank. Its entry ticket is included with the Premium Luxor Pass as all of Luxor's attractions are.
Written April 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary
Tucson, AZ35 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Solo
I just came back from 2 days in Valley of the Kings and Luxor. Luxor and Karnak Temples are important to see but they are a little overwhelming. Medinat Habu was not listed on our tour but it will remain in my memory forever. The first sight through the layers of arches is amazing. One of the features that set it apart is the balcony for officials to watch processions into the complex. While smaller in size, it is spacious with enough pillars and statues for anyone. With fewer visitors, photo opps are easier to capture. (Shadows can be a problem.) What is most remarkable is the quality of the hieroglyphics. There are remarkable stories etched into the stonework. They are sharp, clean and many are alive with brilliant colors. While there is damage, it is nothing like the damage at Luxor and Karnak due to flooding, erosion, silt build-up, and man. I agree with an earlier reviewer -- do your homework and read up on this one. I would return to the valley again just to visit Medinat Habu.
Written March 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Martin H
Hong Kong, China852 contributions
Mar. 2023
We were getting templed out by the time we got here so having seen so many other wonderful temples on our visit, this one ranked slightly lower than the others, possibly unfairly.

The colours in some places are quite remarkable but the damage done by the early Christians is disappointing.

There is still some conservation work ongoing and it was much more crowded than some other reviewers experienced.
Written March 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary R
Winchester, UK17 contributions
Dec. 2022
There is a lot of conservation work in progress. Will probably be of more interest with more areas accessible when this work is complete. On the positive side it’s not on the mainstream tourist trail so not crowded.
Gruesome carving of Egyptian method of tallying the deaths of their enemies of interest if you are aware of the backstory.
Written December 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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