King Ramses II | Ramesses II | Ramses the Second



In the subsequent years of his reign, Ramses II dedicated himself to the construction of grand structures, such as the temples of Abu Simbel and the completion of the hypostyle hall of the temple of Amun in Karnak. Discover more about this famous king with Cairo Top Tours!


Ramses the second or the great is the Pharaoh who is thought of for many years as the biblical Pharaoh who chased the Israelites during the Exodus.

Ramses II - Egyptian pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty, reigned from around 1279 B.C to 1213 B.C. Son of Seti I, during the first years of his reign he tried to reconquer the territories in Africa and Asia Minor, battling them to the Hittites, against whom he conducted a long war. The most important battle was fought in 1296 B.C near Qadesh, in northern Syria; since neither army obtained a definitive victory, a treaty was signed which allowed the division of the disputed territories and the conclusion of a marriage between Ramses and the daughter of the Hittite king.

Ramses the second was the third pharaoh of the19th dynasty of Egypt. He is often regarded as the most celebrated and most powerful pharaoh in the New Kingdom. His successors and Egyptians later called him the "Great King".

It is assumed to have ascended the throne in his late youth. Manetho (a great historian who classified the history of Egypt to 3 stages, the old kingdom, the middle kingdom, and the new kingdom and interrupted by three periods, the 1st intermediate period, the second intermediate period, and the third intermediate period throughout the 30 dynasties) connects Ramses II to a period of 66 years of ruling Egypt in prosperity.

Thanks to the exceptional duration of his reign, today Egyptologists use to call by his name the entire period of his dynasty (the Ramesside Period).

He had many monuments built all over the country ( the Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple, the Ramesseum ) and carved his name on as numerous works of his ancestors, (as he did with Hatshepsut), taking illegal property; this such amount of artifacts and architectural elements has meant that there is evidence of him in any museum in the world that receives a collection associated to Ancient Egypt.

Great lover, he had an infinite number of sons and daughters who did not hesitate to marry with diplomatic marriages, always to ensure relationship to his reign, and he had many great royal brides; the most beloved was the famous Queen Nefertari, perhaps the most loved and admired, and Isinofret, from whom she had numerous children, and her hair to the throne (the thirteenth son Merenptah, who was the only survivor among his brothers).

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Explore the various architectural achievements of Great Ramses the second through a range of Luxor day tours, Egypt Nile River Cruise Tours published on Cairo Top Tours website that takes you to visit Luxor' temples and the fascinating tombs in the valley of kings during a range of exciting Egypt tours and Egypt Travel Packages as well as many privately guided groups of Egypt day tours.

if your Egypt tour package includes few days to be spent here in Cairo you can have one of the full Cairo Day tours that flys to Luxor daily or if you have a long layover in Cairo on your way to another country it will be a great chance to  book a trip to enjoy a lot of excursions and things to do in Cairo like:

- Luxor tour from Cairo by flight.

Cairo Stopover Tour.

Cairo Layover Tours to Giza Pyramids and Sphinx from Cairo airport.

Pyramids Tour from Cairo Airport.

- Day tour to Giza pyramids, Memphis and Saqqara.

- Day tour to Giza pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis, Saqqara and Dahshur.

- Cairo day tour to Saqqara, Memphis and Dahsur.

- Tour to Giza Pyramids.

- Cairo day to tour to Saqqara and Memphis.

- Old Cairo Tour | Egyptian Museum Tour.

- Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Saqqara.

- Cairo Stopover Transit Tour.

- Cairo Short Break | Cairo city break.

- Day tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Saqqara and Dahshur.

- Half day tour to Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.

- Bahariya Oasis and White Desert tour from Cairo.

- Day trip to Luxor from Cairo by flight.

- Giza Pyramids Camel Ride.

- 2 Days Safari to the white desert and bahariya oasis tour from Cairo

- Day trip to Alexandria from Cairo.

- 3 Days Bahariya Oasis Tour from Cairo.

- Giza Pyramids sound and light show.

- Felucca Ride on the Nile in Cairo.

- Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo.

- Quad Biking around Giza Pyramids.

- Mount Sinai Tours from Cairo.

- Day Tour to El Fayoum from Cairo.

Day tour to Wadi El Natroun Monasteries.

- Coptic and Islamic Cairo Tour.

- Day Tour to the Red Sea El Ain El Sokhna from Cairo.

- El Alamein Day Tour from Cairo.

- Suez Canal Day Trip from Cairo.

- Day tour to the Camel Market in Cairo.

- Pharaonic Village tour in Cairo.

- Day tour to Tanis, Bubastis and the Suez Canal from Cairo.

- El Minya tour from Cairo.

- Two days trip to El Minya from Cairo.

- Siwa Oasis from Cairo.

- Cairo by Night Tour.

- Nile Cruise Cairo Lunch.

- Cairo Shopping Tour.

- Egypt countryside trip.

- Walking tour in Cairo.

- Half-day tour to Memphis and Dahshur.

- Islamic Cairo Tour.

- Cairo unusual tour to have breakfast in an Egyptian Village.

- Cairo unusual tour to visit an Egyptian Village.

- Unusual day trip to the mosques of Albayt in Cairo.

- Unusual tour to Coptic Cairo and the Cave Church of Saint Simon.

- Tour to Giza Pyramids, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

- Tour to Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Coptic Cairo.

- Cairo day tour to Saqqara, Memphis and Dahshur Pyramids.

- Half day tour to the Egyptian Museum.

- Grand Egyptian Museum Tour from Cairo.

- Half Day tour to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

- Snorkeling trip to Ain Sokhna from Cairo.

- Tanoura dance show in Cairo.

- Day tour to Giza Pyramids and Saqqara Necropolis from Cairo.

- Giza Pyramids and Saqqara day trip with Camel Ride.

- Day tour to Giza Pyramids and Memphis City.

- Cairo Day Trip to Giza Pyramids and Dahshur Pyramids.

- Cairo Day Tour to Sakkara and Dahshur Pyramids.

- Day tour to Dahshur, Saqqara and Maidum from Cairo.

Day tour to Dahshur, Memphis and Maidum from Cairo.

Day tour to Giza Pyramids, Dahshur, and Maidum from Cairo.

- Tour to Giza Pyramids and Meidum from Cairo.

Tour to Giza Pyramids Meidum and Saqqara from Cairo.

Tour to Giza PyramidsMemphis and Meidum from Cairo.