Cities >> Luxor
Is at the north end of the section of the Nile and has a major airport, where you often arrive to embark on your cruise. A bustling, modern city, you don't have to look far to see the monuments of both ancient Egyptian and other, more recent civilizations. It boasts two temples, Luxor and Karnak, and was known in ancient times as Thebes. Shopping facilities are extensive here, with silver, gold, cotton goods, leather goods and spices among the best bargains to be had.
Luxor Temple sits right on the riverside in between the modern hotels and office blocks - an amazing contrast. The temple is well preserved, with some huge statues of Ramses II who built major additions to the temple. Here also is the partner obelisk to that now found in Paris. Also worth a visit is the Museum, halfway between Luxor and Karnak temples. Small, but with good displays.
Karnak Temple is one and a half miles north of Luxor Temple. Originally joined with Luxor Temple by an avenue lined with ram-headed sphinxes, Karnak is the largest religious edifice in the world, and will take your breath away. Late night "Son et Lumiere" presentations in many languages are performed here. Well worth a visit!
Luxor/Thebes/Karnak Pharaonic Monuments
Temple of Karnak - Karnak
The Temple of Luxor - Luxor
The Colossi of Memnon - Thebes
Medinet Habu (Temple of Ramses III) - Thebes
Palace of Malkatta (Amenhotep III) - Thebes
The Ramesseum- Thebes
Temples of Deir el Bahari - Thebes
The Tombs of the Nobles - Thebes
The Valley of the Kings – Thebes
Temples of Karnak
There are a lot of temples in karnak like Amun, and three main temples enclosures,with the temples of mut and the precinct of mont in addition to amun’s inside the precinct of amun are several more temples the best among them is temple of khonsu,also there are chaples of the hearing ear,lid out along the same axis as the temple of amun.the jubilee temple of aminophis beyond the 9th pylon is only of limited interest, then temple of opet,kthen temple of ramses III followed by the great hypostyle hall almost at the center and the tallest of the two obelisks is one of hatshepsut’s.
Temple of hatshepsut
Is the only woman ruling Egypt as a pharaoh, she was the daughter of tuthmosis II,Married To Tuthmosis III and after his death she claimed effective power by marrying infant tuthmosis IV.her temple here at the foot of the Theban hills is among the most effectively designed structure of all of Egypt, wide columned halls are put on top of each others, with two ramps bringing you up to the 2nd floor. 1st terrace was planted with myrrh trees,the tree like a huge bush, and is not visually impressive but the smell is unrivalled. The temple today often called “Deir el- bahri”
Valley of kings
The Valley of the Kings is completely inferior as funerary complexes compared to the pyramids further north in Egypt. There are usually 30-40 open tombs. the walls are decorated with magical’ books” Like the Book of the Underworld, the book of the gates and the book of day and night. All central for the kings’ success in the afterlife.
Valley of queens
Holds far more than graves of queens. There are 80 tombs all together; the tombs were built according to patterns from the Valley of the Kings, but on a smaller scale. The tomb deals with two major issues, nefertari’s beauty and her religious zeal there are no battle scences or depictons of her good, worldly actions. Other tombs to visit here are the ones of queen titi,and the infant princes amun-hir-khopshef,kheamweset and seth-hir-lhopshef all were sons of ramsesIII.
Is a one of a kind-site. It is so fabulously reenacted and so delicately restored. The people living here were masons, painters and sculptors working mainly at the Valley of the Kings. You feel that you can almost imagine how life was here 3000 years ago. Decorations have many similarities with what you find in the Valley of the Kings, but the scales is different and the tomb owners are presented in a far more modest manner than the king hade ordered
Temple Of Ramses III
The temple was originally built to the outside of amon temple but with a completion of the 1st pylon it has become an intrinsic part of larger temple of amon. It was designed as a miniature of the medinet habu.it has three rooms with a small hypostyle hall as the conclusion.
Colossi of memnon
The two lonely statues out on the plains of luxor’s west bank are not of memnon,but of amenophis 3 of the 15th century BCE.and they used to belong to his huge mortuary temple, standing in front of its bylons.but only 150 years ordered pharaoh merneptah that stones should be taken from amenophis’ temple and used for his won mortuary temple just a few hundred meters north.
Tombs of nobles
Is a very interesting site on luxor’s west bank. There are 400 tombs here, of which 7 is of high interest. the noblemen who had their tombs built here used a different artwork and were concerned with other matters than the royalty.
Is the last great architectural work of the pharaonic period. Not long Rmses 3 had it built in the 12th century BCE, was Egypt divided. The place has a special magical significance.
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