The site also held Ramses Palace and considerable work has been in done in recent years preserving and restoring the vaulted storerooms, kitchens and living quarters that would have housed the temple staff and the Royal Family. A treasury and administrative offices were also located there. There is an earlier chapel close by which was built by Seti I and this may have been the reason for the choice of site. The chapel later became a mammisi or 'birthing house' honouring his mother Queen Tuy whose statue stood in its courtyard.
Not only was the Ramesseum badly situated, Ramses' tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV7) was also badly place as it suffered severe damaged from continual flooding. His mummy was moved to safety several times in antiquity and was eventually found in the royal cache to the south of the Deir el Bahri but it was well preserved and is now in Cairo Museum alongside his father Seti I. The mummy of his grandfather Ramses I is in Luxor Museum having been ceremonioisly returned to Egypt from Canada where it had been for the last century.
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings,
Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair”.
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay,
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Percy Bysshe Shelley - (1792 –1822)