After four years of excavations archaeologists managed to uncover the temple of Ramesses II in Abusir, near Cairo, North Egypt.
Excavations of the temple started after the initial discovery of archaeological evidence in 2012 that shown the presumed existence of a temple in this area. An Egyptian-Czech archaeological team uncovered the ruins which took four years. The temple stretches over 2632 meters and consists of a mud brick foundation for one of its pylons, a large forecourt that leads to the hypostyle hall, which parts of are painted blue.
At the rear end of the court a staircase or a ramp was found, leading to a sanctuary whose back part is divided into three parallel chambers. The remains of this building were covered by huge deposits of sand and chips of stones which may bore fragments of polychrome reliefs. Along the excavations different titles of King Ramses II were found engraved on a relief fragment connected to the cult of the solar deities. Moreover, relief fragments depicting scenes of the solar gods Amun, Ra and Nekhbet were discovered.
According to the head of the Czech mission, Miroslav Barta, this temple is the only evidence of the King Ramses II presence in Memphis necropolis and confirms the continued worship of the sun god Ra in the region of Abusir, which began in the 5th dynasty and continued until the era of the New Kingdom.
(after Egypt Independent)