Medinet Habu

Medinet Habu is the Arabic name for the Mortuary Temple of the Pharaoh Ramesses III. It is a huge complex second only to Karnak in size, however it is better preserved. Medinet Habu is among the least visited of the major sights at Luxor and is very rarely on the list of sights to visit.

The site of Ramses III's mortuary temple was sacred long before his time and is still regarded as having magical powers by local farmers. The best views of the temple complex, surrounded by partly-intact enclosure walls, is from the top of the mound near the southeast corner . If you're up for an adventure, a hot-air balloon ride provides unrivaled views.