Amenophis III, now also referred to as Amenhotep III, came to the throne when he was only 12 years old and ruled Egypt from 1390 – 1352 BC when he died at the age of 49 years. He was buried in the Western Valley near the Valley of the Kings.
His reign was a time of peace and prosperity when Egypt’s wealth increased enormously and, without any wars to worry about, he embarked on a large building programme including a mud-brick palace known as Malqata, (Malkata) the scant ruins of which are close to the Medinet Habu. In size, his mortuary temple may well have rivalled that of the mighty temple at Karnak but it was built on the flood-plane and suffered erosion and earthquake damage soon after its completion. Many of its finely carved stone blocks were later reused in the building of the Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum. Extensive excavation of the temple site has recently started and the bases of some exceptionally large statues have been uncovered.. (2008).
The car park beside the statues can be full of tour buses early in the morning so the best time to view the statues is late in the afternoon when most of the tour buses have left or at night when the statues are floodlit.