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Abney, William de Wiveleslie
Thebes and its five greater temples — London, 1876

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The Temple of Luxor is situated near the bank of the river, though
but little of it can be seen as one approaches the town, the modern
whitewashed mud houses almost completely shutting out its view. The
dahabeahs, however, are usually moored at the only spot from which the
tops of the columns of the Great Colonnade are visible, and after ascending
the bank a few yards the whole of it comes into sight. Our expedition
was located on a small island to the south, from the end of which the
annexed view was taken. Directly facing us is the house where Lady
Duff Gordon so long resided—an Englishwoman, whose name is a household
word among the inhabitants. Beloved and respected by all, her death
seems to have left a blank in the little town which never can be filled
in the hearts of the natives who enjoyed her friendship. A portion
of the house is built upon one of the chambers which led out of the
Sanctuary, resting upon part of the enclosure wall and its columns.
The courts of the Sanctuary are still in a state of fair preservation,
having been restored in the time of the Roman occupation, and bear
inscriptions of that period. On the columns there are remains of colours
which are much damaged, probably by damp exhalations. The Sanctuary
itself is almost completely covered with native houses, and it is hard