Remains of a Coptic church inside the temple of Rameses II at Medinat Habu. In 1891 the director of the Antiquities Service, contemptuous of "the wretched Copts," had the temple cleared of postpharaonic remains. Original photograph by Francis Bedford, 1862. In Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1993), 109.

From Whose pharaohs?: archaeology, museums, and Egyptian national identity from Napoleon to World War I by Donald Malcolm Reid

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  • Figure 42. Remains of a Coptic church inside the temple of Rameses II at Medinat Habu. In 1891 the director of the Antiquities Service, contemptuous of "the wretched Copts," had the temple cleared of postpharaonic remains. Original photograph by Francis Bedford, 1862. In Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1993), 109.