The cenotaph temple of Ramesses II
About four hundred meters north of the temple of Seti I, Ramesses II built a temple for himself. Although the temple has only been preserved for the lowest part, it retains the details of the layout. The red and black granite door frames and an alabaster sanctuary in the back of the temple are still standing. The walls of the temple, made of limestone, are now only about two meters high. Many of the brightly coloured reliefs are the most beautiful and richest among the temples Ramesses II ever built. Judging from the quality of the low relief scenes comparable to the quality of the ones in the temple of Seti I, it seems indisputable that the artists must have come of this earlier generation. This temple was also mainly dedicated to Osiris. The first pylon and court have now been destroyed, and the granite portal leads directly to a second colonnade, surrounded by a colonnade of Osirid pillars. None of the pillars are fully preserved. All lack their head and shoulders. Only the lower parts of the outer walls still exist, and the north and west walls bear a version of Ramesses’ Battle of Kadesh, in beautifully carved relief.