Of ramesside period, the best preserved building is the temple of Sety I. The Pharaoh Sety I reigned only a dozen years (1291 - 1279) but led, among others, a policy of intense construction: the present temple of " million years " to Abydos, another funeral temple in Thebes ( Gourna), the hypogée immense of the Valley of kings and the arrangement of a part of Karnak. In his constructions, reliefs show one admirable sharpness
which make them count among the leaders of work of the Pharaonic civilization.
The major part of its temple to Abydos was decorated under his administration and son Ramsès II made end on his behalf most of the decorations of the temple. The current portico and the first room hypostyle were decorated by Ramesses II.