Photographer's Note

In this picture, you can see so close the ancient, Muslim, Christian and modern places of Worship - Obelisk and pylon of the Luxor Temple dedicated to the Theban Triad consisted of Amun, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu (14 Century B.C.), the minarets of the Abu Hagagg Mosque, the minaret of the modern mosque and behind, two towers of the Coptic church.

The active Abu Haggag Mosque is located within the temple, standing on the ancient columns themselves. That part of the Luxor Temple was converted to a church by the Romans in 395 AD, and then to a mosque in 640, which is more than 3,400 years of continuous religious worship. Hence, the Luxor Temple is the oldest building in the world at least partially active for other than archaeological or tourist purposes.

The Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it was known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary". It was one of the two primary temples on the east bank, the other being Karnak.
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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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