The Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II

Ramesses II was also called Ramesses the Great, and is one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs.

The Ramesseum, his Mortuary Temple is on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor.

He ruled for 67 years, one of the longest reigns of any pharaoh and he built more monuments and of larger size than other pharaohs.

Ramesses II was considered the Pharaoh of the captivity, and his son, Ramesses III, the Pharaoh of the Exodus.

In Egypt he was known under several names, Ozymandias was one.

A more than 7 ton fragment of his statue's head and torso was removed by The Italian adventurer Giovanni Belzoni from the Ramesseum at Thebes in 1816, and expected to arrive in England in 1818, but it did not arrive at the British Museum until 1821.

Ramesses II statue's expected arrival has been suggested the impetus behind Shelley's 1818 poem Ozymandias that explores the fate that history and time have on the great.

We visiting the Ramesseum on several occasions, both in the heat of the afternoon sun and in the relative cool of the morning.

This temple creates a somewhat mysterious atmosphere that enables thoughtful contemplation on Shelley's poem.

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