Category: ramesses ii

Abu Simbel

The moon over the great temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel, Lower Nubia.

Luxor Temple 

The Great Court of Ramesses II with the Colonnade of Amenhotep III located behind statue of Ramesses II in the Luxor Temple.

Throne decoration, colossal statue of Ramesses II

Hapi, the Egyptian god of the Nile flood. Detail of dual depictions of god Hapi representing Upper and Lower Egypt, they tie

the papyrus and reed plants in the sema tawy symbol for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. Luxor Temple.  


Sherif Fahmy

Archaeological site of Tanis

The city of Tanis is relatively unknown among Egypt’s wealth of historical sites, though it yielded one of the greatest archaeological troves ever found. Once the capital of all Egypt, Tanis’s royal tombs have yielded artifacts on par with the treasures of Tutankhamun.

Photo: J.D. Dallet

Relief of Ramesses II

Detail of a bas-relief depicting Ramesses II (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC), from small temple built by pharaoh at Abydos. Now in the Louvre.

Siliceous faience vases

Used for the embalming of king Ramesses II (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC). Now in the Louvre.

Abu Simbel Temple

Two of four colossal statues of Ramesses II at his great temple at Abu Simbel, 13th century BC, Lower Nubia.

Head of Ramesses II

Colossal head of pharaoh Ramesses II the Great (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC) of the 19th Dynasty, before first pylon in Luxor Temple.

Bust of Ramesses II

Statue of pharaoh Ramesses II the Great (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC). Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Ramesses II massacring his enemies

In this image Ramesses II wears an elaborate garment, the blue crown, sandals and holds three prisoners by their hair. In his right hand he grips an axe with which he is about to strike his prisoners. 

The facial features and hair styles of the three men indicate that they belong to three different people: the Nubians, the Libyans and the Syrians. The block was reused in one of

Merneptah’s buildings.

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279-1213 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Photo: Sandro Vannini