In all the places of Egypt, Luxor has so many outstanding top tourist attractions. It’s like an open museum and attractions are everywhere. You definitely need to look around and enjoy the ancient wonders of the world.
Luxor is a modern-day Egyptian city that lies atop an ancient city that the Greeks named “Thebes” and the ancient Egyptians called “Waset.” Thebes or the ancient Waset became important in the Middle Kingdom period (2055–1650 BC). The 11th-dynasty Theban Prince Montuhotep II (2055–2004 BC) reunited Upper and Lower Egypt, made Thebes his capital and increased Karnak’s importance as a cult centre to the local god Amun with a temple dedicated to him.The 12th-dynasty pharaohs (1985–1795 BC) moved their capital back north, but much of their immense wealth from expanded foreign trade and agriculture, and tribute from military expeditions made into Nubia and Asia, went to Thebes, which remained the religious capital.
These are my top 10 best tourist attractions of Luxor Egypt:
1. Temple of Karnak
Karnak is from Arabic word Khurnak meaning “fortified village”. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut (“The Most Selected Places”) and the main seat of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun.
Karnak Temple is the most astonishing and largest ancient religious site in the world. It is also one of the UNISCO’S World Heritage Site and the second most visited place next to the Pyramids of Giza. They are open from 8am until 5pm.
2. Valley of King’s
The Valley of the Kings was a great burial ground for the Pharaohs. Later, around 1500 B.C. the Pharaohs, no longer built great pyramids in which to be buried. Instead, most of them were laid to rest in tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
3. Temple of Hatshepsut at Al Deir El Bahari
The name Deir el-Bahri derives from the former monastery built during the Coptic era. This temple was built by Queen Hatshepsut, stepmother of Pharaoh Thutmose III, who became regent for the adolescent Thutmose III when Thutmose II, her brother died.
This is the most outstanding and impressive temple of all Egypt. Don’t miss with this tour😉
4. Medinet Habu
Medinet Habu is the Arabic name of the mortuary temple of Ramses III. This memorial temple has 7,000 square meters of well-preserved decorated surfaces. In all temples of Egypt, this is the most important one because of a mass history happens in this place and was written on every wall and ceilings.
Ramses III is considered the last great Pharaoh of Egypt and his mortuary temple is covered with reliefs of his conquests. His reign lasted from 1186 to 1155 BC.
Location: West Bank of Luxor
5. Luxor Temple
This temple was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added too by Rameses II (1279-13 BC).
Location: East Bank of the Nile River in the city.
6. Valley of Queens
It is a site in Egypt, where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning –”the place of beauty“.
7. Avenue of Sphinxes
The first phases of the Avenue of Sphinxes were actually started during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, and this included the construction of seven chapels. ￼￼
8. Collossi of Memnon
These are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhitep III, who ruled in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII.
Location: West of Luxor and this is the view before you enter the Valley of Kings and Queens.
9. Obelisk of Tuthmoss 1
It is used to be one of four set up by the Pharaoh and his grandson Tuthmosis III. Tuthmosis I was one of the great warrior-kings of ancient Egypt, extending his domains south into Nubia and north into Syria. Tuthmosis I (ruled 1525-1512 B.C.)
Location: Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt.
(Obelisk is from the Greek word obeliskos which means spit, nail or pointed pillar. It is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. These were originally called Tekhenu by their builders, (the ancient Egyptians.) The Greeks who saw them used the Greek term ‘obeliskos’ to describe them, and this word passed into Latin and ultimately English.)
10. Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you want to watch the sunrise and the stunning view of Luxor from bird’s eye view, then you need to do this tour. Although you need to wake up early dawn to make this, but it’s worthwhile to make this tour.
After this tours’, don’t forget to visit the Alabaster Stone Factories for the souvenirs. It comes in three colors-colored green, tannish-yellow, and white. There are two types of products, it’s either hand made or machine formed and they will demonstrate too on how to make those souvenirs. Any local tour guide will take you in those factories so don’t miss it.
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