Top things to do in Luxor

Top things to do in Luxor

Top things to do in Luxor

An enchanting destination in the Nile Valley and Upper Egypt, Luxor, which means “Palaces”, is a whirlwind of history. The dynastic and religious capital of the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom of Egypt, the city is dappled with archaic temples, ancient royal tombs and some of the most treasured edifices is the world. Amid the confluence of a sprawling bone-dry desert and mesmeric river scenery, the city’s dramatic past reverberates in every corner with monuments and museums like the Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Medinet Habu, Mummification Museum and Karnak Complex, to name a few. History, however, isn’t the city’s only captivating feature. Luxor celebrates a pulsating modern life while keeping in touch with its roots. If history and mystery intrigues you, then exploring Luxor will be a nothing less than an adventure.

Abd El-Hameed Taha:

Abd-El-Hameed Taha is the key souk of Luxor. The souk comprises of 2 sections, one for the tourists and other for the locals.

Colossi of Memnon:

The Colossi of Memnon are 2 massive statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, which have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC). These statues act as a gate to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. Both the statues depict Amenhotep III with his mother and his wife. In spite of being a victim of natural calamities and human exploitation, the statues at this historical site are well-preserved even today.

Mortuary Temple of Seti I:

Located in the Theban Necropolis, the Mortuary Temple of Seti I is one of the major archaeological sites in the country and is the memorial temple of the new kingdom. It was built with fine white limestone and is unarguably the most beautiful religious structure in Egypt. Don't forget to visit this historical place on your visit to Luxor.

Karnak Temple:

Signifying the history and culture of Thebes, Karnak Temple consists of a huge mix of chapels, decayed temples, pylons and other buildings. Being the largest ancient religious preservation in the world, the temple also has a 1 hour Sound and Light Show which narrates the history of the Thebes. As you visit this temple, the Pharaohs come and tell you their interesting life story with haunting music reverberating in the background.

Valley of the Kings:

Located on the West Bank of the Nile River, Valley of the Kings is opposite to Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. A majority of the royal tombs are placed in the East Valley of the wadi.
NOTE: The entrance ticket covers only 3 tombs, so make a wise decision! The ticket for the tomb of Ramesses VI, Tutankhamun and Ay must be purchased separately.

Luxor Temple:

Constructed approximately in 1400 BCE, the Luxor Temple is a huge ancient Egyptian temple, located on the East Bank of the Nile River. Unlike other temples in the city, it is devoted to the rejuvenation of the kingship.

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