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Find simplified travel guide to the top Tourist Attractions in Luxor and Top things to see and do in Luxor city in Upper Egypt what is the best historical places to visit in Luxor and the top activities in Luxor.
Once part of the ancient city of Thebes that was the ruling seat of power in ancient Egypt for 1,350 years, Luxor is now a major touristic destination in Egypt, particularly for travelers who interested in Ancient Egypt history and archaeology Luxor boasts an exceptionally rich legacy of tombs, temples and monuments. Around these relics of Ancient Egypt’s celebrated history are signs of the prosperous industry of the modern day – tourism, Luxor now top city to visit in Egypt, let’s explore the top Tourist Attractions in Luxor
i will guide you here to the best places you should visit in Luxor -West Bank.
1- The Valley of the Kings
Your tour in Luxor will not complete until you visit the Valley of the Kings the burial place of the great Pharaohs
of the New Kingdom, the Valley started when King Thot-Mosis 1 to separate his tomb from the normal burial temple
moreover he gave an order to bury his body not in a luxurious monuments but in a secret, inaccessible place.
So he gave the order for his Vizir (Inin) to dig the tomb of the King after that all the Pharaohs of the New kingdom
used to dig thier tombs in the Valley of the Kings, it has 62 Tombs most famous is the Tomb ok King Tutankhamun
and you Can visit 3 tombs during your trip in the Valley of the Kings.
2- The Temple of Habu or Madint Habu.
I love this temple one of the best temples in Egypt still has it original colors the great temple of the last strong pharaoh King Ramses the third, the Temple of Madint Habu.
The temple consist of 2 Paylons or the Triumph Gate because military scenes sculpted on the walls representing the Pharaoh sacrificing his enemy to the God Amun.
then when you cross this gate you will find yourself in open court this was for festivals and it has amazing inscriptions and very deep reliefs it is the deepest in all the Egyptian temples
this temple you should visit in Luxor.
3-Hatshpsut Temple – Deir El- Bahari
The temple of the strong lady the frist lady of ancient Egypt her majesty Queen Hatshspsut.
This woman ruled Egypt for about 16 years she ruled after her brother -husband Tot-Mosis 2nd
She built this temple as funeral temple she used to rule Egypt as male king because it wasn’t allowed for a women to rule Egypt she married her brother to justify her right to the throne of Egypt
More over queen Hatshpsut married her step son Tutmosis the third and put him in the shadow
for 16 years and when he became an adult he killed her and then he became the king of Egypt and
as an act of revenge he destroyed everything related to this queen so when you visit her temple.
in the west bank you will find that he removed all her names from the walls.
The temple of Queen Hatshpsut has unique style consist of 3 floors cut into the cliffs of the mountain
of the Valley of the Kings, queen Hatshpsut was buried in the Valley of the Kings with the pharaohs
We discovered her mummy in the Egyptian Museum store rooms now it is displayed in the Mummy room
4- The Colossi of Memnon in the West Bank
The famous colossi of Memnon are all that still remains from the funeral temple of the great king Amonphis the third
the father of Ikhanaton and grand-father of King Tutakhamun.
These statues which must have stood to the entrance of the temple are 20 Meter high.
5- The Karnak Temple Complex.
The Temple begins with the avenue of Rams then the first and the second Pylon , then you will find yourself in open court it was used for the festivals then you will find the great Hypostyle Hall 134 columns each one of them is 23 Meters high the columns still have colors also there are 2 Obelisks out of 7 were in the temple.
you can see after that the Sacred Lake of the temple beside this lake there are many seats this
for the sound and light show in the temple everyday evening.
6- Luxor temple the temple of Amun -Ra
In Luxor all that remains of it glorious past is the temple that the ancient Egyptians built to
the glory of God Amun-Ra the temple is 260 Meters long mainly built by 2 pharaohs the first was Amon-Ofis 3rd
and the second was ramses the great and the temple was joined to the Karnak temple a long stone-paved dromos.
The enterance of the temple marked by the large Pylon decorated by king Ramess the great militry campaigns
The Pylon was preceded by 2 Obelisks today only one Obelsik left 25 Meters high and the other was taken to Paris- Franc on the 25th of October 1836.
The temple is marked by 2 statues of King Tutankhamun made of Albaster and very big open court
contains of 64 pillars take the shapes of Louts and papyrus and the Sanctuary of the temple.
7-The Luxor Museum
Luxor Museum recently built this Museum displays countless interesting finds relating to the history of ancient Thebes -Luxor the most interesting piece is TALAT’S WALLS of king Ikhanton and the head of HATHOR from the treasure of King Tutankhamun and the Granite stone -head of king Amono-phis 3rd.
One of the top activities in Luxor city by night is to join the Sound & Light show of Karnak temple.
Or visit the Luxor temple by when it lighted up it is open till 9:00PM.
Or take a city tour in Luxor by horse carriage by night luxor is bustling by night but you should be with your guide
to avoid the hassle of carriage man and the Souks,you will find Luxor is different by night.
I hope this simple article about Top Tourist Attractions in Luxor be useful for you and help you when
you visit Luxor city in Egypt.
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Written by Egypt travel expert Ahmed abdalfattah