Ruins of the Ramasseum
This complex, built by Ramses II as a testament to his eternal strength, has perhaps not stood the test of time so well as its creator would have hoped. The ruins are not nearly so impressive as those at Medinat Habu, just a short distance down the road. The wreckage of time is, ironically, more complete here, although restoration works are being undertaken. The Ramasseum is one of the less popular destinations, so if you're trying to avoid the crowds, this is a good place to do it. I enjoyed it, being a fan of Shelley's poem "Ozymandias," which mocks Ramses' efforts to achieve immortality. The irony of Ramses' giant statue lying in pieces at the entrance to the temple pleased me, but not so much that I wanted to spend more than 20 minutes or so wandering the ruins. While the neighbouring restaurant is worth a visit, you could pass by the Ramasseum without feeling that you had missed much.