Battle scenes on First Pylon of Ramesseum, Main Temple
First Pylon Information
The Ramesseum boasts some of the world's oldest surviving pylons. A pylon, or monumental portal to an ancient Egyptian temple, is usually comprised of two massive upward tapering walls flanking and perpendicular to the temples entrance. Scenes from the Battle of Kadesh engraved into the wide outer pylon of the Ramesseum glorify the King's military might despite that fact that he lost the battle of Kadesh. However, Ramesses' eventual triumph against Syria subjugated the Hittites who became laborers and contributed to Ramesses' monumental building projects. Ramesses' great military might marks the last peak of Egypt's imperial power.