Luxor attractions

Luxor is one of the most interesting cities in Egypt. Its touristic attraction is obvious. For many centuries, here was the capital of the ancient Egyptian Kingdom. The Greeks called it - city Thebes. In the Bible, this city is mentioned in the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel under the name No.

Great monuments of antiquity are located on both banks of the Nile. On the Eastern Bank, where Luxor itself is located, there is the so-called "City of the Living". Here the main temples of Egypt – Karnak and Luxor- are located. Between them was an Alley of Sphinxes with a length of 4 kilometers. At the moment, it is being restored, but due to the dense urban development, it can be only partial restoration of this famous alley.

On the West Bank is the City of the Dead, although most of the population of the Egyptian Thebes lived on this Bank. The tombs of pharaohs of many dynasties were carved into the Rocks in the Valley of the kings. Nearby are the Valley of Queens, the valley of Nobles and the valley of Artisans. All of them served as burial places.

However, in addition to these valleys, there are many interesting temples on the West Bank that you should visit: the temple of Hatshepsut (Deir El-Bahri), Medinet Abu, Ramesseum. The Colossi of Memnon are located near the road. Once they guarded the entrance to the funeral temple of Amenophis III. By their size, (the height of the figure is 15 meters), you can guess the size of the temple itself, which existed about 3.5 thousand years ago.

It is possible to see all the main attractions of Luxor (Karnak and Luxor temples, Hatshepsut Temple, Medinet Abu, Ramesseum, Valley of the Kings, colossi of Memnon) in one day, but you will have to make many trips. The only way to do it is to rent a taxi with a driver for the whole day.

If you choose between Cairo and Luxor, then Luxor will probably be a more interesting tour. The ruins of the giant Karnak and Luxor temples on the West Bank, as well as The "city of the Dead" on the East Bank, give a more interesting impression of the civilization of Ancient Egypt. 

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Statue of the pharaoh Ramesses II in the first courtyard of Karnak temple
Courtyard in-between the first and second pylons of Karnak temple.
General view of the Memnon Colossi
Broken obelisks near the second pylon
Temple of Ramesses III and the statues of priests
Great hypostyle hall in Karnak temple.
Giant statues of Pharaoh Ramses II at the exit from the courtyard of Ramses to the columned alley in the Luxor temple
Giant columns above the alley between the courts of Ramses and Amenhotep in the Luxor temple
Entrance pylons in front of the Luxor temple
Alley of Sphinxes between the Luxor and Karnak temples in Luxor
Giant columns along the passageway of the hypostyle hall in Karnak temple
Passageway of the hypostyle hall in Karnak temple
Shores of the sacred lake against the background of Karnak temple
Columns in the form of papyrus stalks in the courtyard of Amenhotep in the Luxor temple
Alley of Sphinxes between the Luxor and Karnak temples in Luxor
Pharaohs tombs in the Valley of the Kings
Cartouches on the third pylon of Amenophis III
Statues of the priests of Amun in the hypostyle hall of the temple of Ramesses III
These sphinxes guarded the entrance to Karnak temple
Main scene on the first pylon of Medinet Aby temple - Pharaoh Ramses III hold the defeated enemies by the hair
Inscriptions and figures of the pharaoh and the gods who helped him to get the victory, on the second pylon of Medinet-Aby temple
Hatshepsut temple at the foot of the jagged rocks in the Deir el-Bahri Valley
The first and the largest pylon of Ramesses III temple at Medinet-Habu
Side view of the Memnon Colossi
Sanctuaries of the gods Anubis and Hathor at the second level of the Hatshepsut temple.
Second pylon of the Ramesseum temple with assyrian sculptures
Broken statue of the pharaoh Rames II in Ramesseum temple in Luxor
Surviving head of the seated black granite statue of Ramses II. The statue reached the height of 17 feet, and weighed 1000 tons
Hands of the giant statue of the pharaoh Ramses II in Ramesseum in Luxor