Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project

The Mosque of Abu'l Hagag in the Temple of Luxor. The Islamic mosque is located over the First Court and adjoins the eastern wall of the Temple of Luxor. It was built in medieval times above the walls of an ancient Christian basilica located inside the temple courtyard. When the mosque was erected, the derelict temple was already filled with a high mound of soil and debris. That mound was later excavated, leaving the mosque and its doorway standing high above the courtyard on the church's foundations. A new door and a stairway were built on the east side (shown here). The mosque is dedicated to Abu'l Hagag, the Muslim saint who reputedly converted Upper Egypt to Islam. The mud-brick minaret on the right dates to the eighth century A.D., while the other minaret is much later. To this day, the Muslims of Luxor celebrate the annual festival of Abu'l Hagag with processions and boat-haulings that descend directly from the ancient Festival of Opet connected with Luxor Temple. (Caption - Peter Piccione)

All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper, toned with Kodak Rapid Selenium toner. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.