“[The Temple of Luxor] was the training temple for the priests. Here is where a man came at age seven…To complete the training of the priests took for forty years [and] one could not be a priest unless he was forty-seven. He learned the seven liberal arts: engineering, science, mathematics, medicine, law, theology, you name it. The people didn’t come in here for anything. Only the priests came in here, the young training priests.” — Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

Source: Like It Is.

day 11 in Egypt: today, we spent nearly five hours in the blistering sun on an adventure to the West Bank. we visited three mortuary temples located in the Valley of the Kings. [this is where King Tut’s tomb was discovered.] no photos were allowed but i took a few. next, we went to see the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut [the locals call her “hot chicken soup”], which is literally built into a mountain. then we saw the Memnon statues. at our final stop, we visited the Mortuary Temple of Seti I. everyone wonders how the Giza Pyramids were built, but there are so many other monuments located throughout Egypt that leads one to ask the same exact question. our ancient ancestors were extraordinary and these monuments prove this fact beyond a shadow of a doubt!!!

utValley of the Kings:

Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut:

Memnon Statues:

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Mortuary Temple of Seti I:

day 10 in Egypt: the heat in Luxor is serious! whew!! i def thought i was going to faint, but that didn’t stop me from spending three hours exploring the magnificent Temple of Karnak.


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“Ancient Thebes was home to some of the greatest monuments of the ancient world — built to honor the living, the dead, and the divine. The city, known as Waset to ancient Egyptians and as Luxor today, was the capital of Egypt during parts of the Middle Kingdom (2040 to 1750 B.C.) and the New Kingdom (circa 1550 to 1070 B.C.).”

Source: “Ancient Thebes.” National Geographic. http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/ancient-thebes/.