About city: Luxor

Luxor is one of the most interesting cities of Egypt. And its tourist attractiveness is undisputable. For many centuries the city, which was then called Thebes, had been the capital of the Old Kindom of Egypt. The city is also mentioned in the Bible, in the Books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

The great ancient monuments are on both sides of the Nile. However, the main temples of Egypt, Karnak and Luxor, are located on the eastern side of the river. They were connected by the Alley of Sphinxes stretching for about 4 kilometers. Currently, it is being intensively restored, though considering close urban fabric, you can say only about partial restoration of this famous historical site.

The City of the Dead is on the western side of the river, though most part of Thebes' population abode just there. There are tombs of numerous Pharaohs' dynasties in the Valley of Tsars. Nearby there are the Valleys of the Queens, the Nobles and the Craftsmen. They are all Necropolises.

However, there are many other temples which are worth visiting on the western bank: Hatshepsut's Temple (Deir el-Bahri), Medinet-Habu, or Ramesseum. There also survived the Colossi of Memnon near the road, which once guarded the mortuary temple of Amenophis III. By the height of the statues (15 meters), you can guess the size of the temple itself, built about 3.5 thousand years ago.

Generally, you can visit all the main sights of Luxor (temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, Hatshepsut's Temple, Ramesseum, Valley of Tsars, and Colossi of Memnon) for one day, but you will have to do many trips. The only possible way is to rent a taxi for the entire day (it will cost about 150 pounds).

If you are to choose between Cairo and Luxor, then a trip to Luxor may be more interesting. The ruins of the giant temples of Karnak and Luxor on the west bank, as well as the «City of the Dead» on the east bank, could give you better impression of the civilization of the ancient Egypt. But if you join a guided excursion, you can see no more than 20% of the historical sites of Luxor.

So, if you speak English, you'd better make an independent trip to Luxor for a couple of days.

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