In the complete guide about Luxor tourism, we will tell you all you mean to know to have the best experience here.
Luxor is one of the most important cities in Egypt and most-loved ancient landmarks, Luxor’s other name is the world’s greatest open-air museum.
The modern Luxor city is constructed on and around the ancient city of Thebes, which historians suggest that the area has been inhabited since 3,200 BC.
Luxor is also the home for the Karnak temple complex, which served as the main building of worshiping for the Thebans.
Together, the three places have been attracting visitors since the Greco-Roman times, all of them drawn by the area’s stunning collections of monuments, and ancient temples.
Luxor’s Golden Age era:
The history of Luxor before the modern city and is inseparably woven with the history of Thebes; Waset, as the ancient Egyptians used to call this legendary metropolis.
Thebes reached the height of its influence, and strength between 1,550 – 1,050 BC.
At this period, Luxor was the capital of a newly unified Egypt and became known as the economic center of the country, architecture, and, art associated with the Egyptian god Amun.
The pharaohs who ruled the country in this time spent hube amount of money on temples built to honor Amun (and themselves), and the wonderful monuments for which the city is remarked for until today.
During this time, the country was known as the New Kingdom.
A lot of the ancient Egypt kings and their queens elected to get buried in the necropolis at Thebes.
This place is today as the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings.
Top Attractions in Luxor
Luxor can be the first location for visitors to Egypt.
Start your tour on the east bank of the River Nile at Luxor in the Luxor Museum, where you can see exhibitions filled with artifacts and monuments from the temples and tombs on the area.
In Luxor museum, you can read the signs written in English, and Arabic introduces stunning colossal statues, Pharaonic art, and intricate jewelry.
In Luxor museum, there is a specific area dedicated to the artifacts of the New Kingdom, you’ll see two royal mummies, one believed to be the remains of Ramesses I.
If you love the mummification process, check out the Mummification Museum as it displays many of carefully preserved animal, and human remains.
The main attraction site in Luxor is: Luxor Temple.
Amenhotep III started the construction of Luxor temple was started by in approximately 1390 BC, with some additions by a series of kings later including Tutankhamun and Ramesses II.
Some of the architectural landmarks include a colonnade of soaring columns have designed with amazing hieroglyphic reliefs; and a gateway guarded by two huge statues of Ramesses II.
Top Attractions in Karnak
In Luxor Northside, the Karnak Temple Complex lies.
In the old times, Karnak temple was known as Ipet-isut, which means the most Selected of Places, and it’s used as the main location of worship for 18th-dynasty Thebans.
The first king to build there was Senusret I during the Middle Kingdom, although most of the buildings that remain date back to the New Kingdom golden age.
Today, the site is a very wide complex of sanctuaries, pylons, kiosks, and obelisks, all of them was dedicated to the Theban Triad.
This was considered the second-largest religious complex in the universe.
The top landmark that should be in your bucket list, is the Great Hypostyle Hall.
The top landmarks in Ancient Thebes.
Visit the West Bank of Luxor, and check out the great necropolis of ancient Thebes.
The tourists visit the Valley of the Kings a lot as it’s considered one of the most stunning landmarks in Luxor.
This is the place where the kings of the New Kingdom chose to be entombed in preparation for the afterlife.
After death, their mummified bodies were buried with everything they wanted to bring with them in the afterlife.
As furniture, clothes, jewelry, food supplies and drink contained within great urns.
In the Valley of the Kings, there are more than 60 tombs, many of them have been robbed of their contents.
The most famous and wonderful tomb is the tomb of Tutankhamun, a minor pharaoh who ruled the country for just nine years.
The south of the Valley of the Kings, there is the Valley of the Queens, where members of the royal family were buried (including both men and women).
Although there are more than 75 tombs in this section of the necropolis, only four are open to the public.
Queen Nefertari tomb is considered the most famous whose walls are decorated with magnificent paintings.
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