Ramesses II Temple
Built by Ramesses II, this temple was for the God Ptah. The most important of the Memphis Gods, Ptah was thought by many to be the creator of all things in the universe.
The walls of this structure contain images of Ramsses II giving gifts to the God Ptah. These tell us that the building was probably used as a place where the Pharaoh would carry out his morning worship.
Over time, development and renovations to the ancient city of Memphis hid the Temple. It was buried under roughly 5 meters of mudbrick walls, floors, ovens and kilns. These traces of daily life in the past can still be seen surrounding the temple today.
Unlike many buildings in Egypt, the Temple of Ramesses II has never been reconstructed. The walls and fallen stones have been left as they were when first uncovered by archaeologists in 1942 and the 1950’s.