Medinet Habu in the Valley of the Kings

It is easy to bypass he temple at Medinet Habu when visiting the Valley of the Kings at Thebes (Luxor), Egypt. The site is definitely worth a visit.

Entrance to Medinet Habu temple. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Entrance to Medinet Habu temple. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Rameses III reigned from 1186 to 1155 B.C. Structures built by the Pharaoh to serve as an administrative complex and funerary temple may still be visited today at Medinet Habu. The most interesting aspects of the temple to me are the reliefs of the Sea Peoples that the king claims to have subjugated. We usually understand that the Philistines of the Old Testament were Sea People. The five major cities of the Philistines were Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron (1 Samuel 6:17).

This photo from the British Museum is a cast of one of the Sea Peoples (Philistines).

British Museum cast of one of the Sea People. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

British Museum cast of one of the Sea People. Photo by Jenkins.

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