Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Luxor Temple: Photo 1
Little is left of the long (2.5 km) avenue of sphinxes that fringed the processional path between Luxor and Karnak; this short stretch is immediately north of Luxor Temple. Some sources suggest that because the procession occurred during the Nile Flood, this avenue was a canal carrying ceremonial barges. The shifting lunar calendar gradually brought the festival and flood out of phase, and so the canal was filled in--and the sphinxes added--by Nectanebo in the 4th Century B.C. or 30th Dynasty, very late in the pharaonic day.
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