Luxor Attractions , History, Things To Do & See

Luxor Attractions History and Things To Do And see in Luxor during your Egypt holiday : In all Egypt illustrious past, no city reigned as supreme over Egypt as did Thebes ( Luxor ), Luxor is one of the largest, richest and best- known archaeological sites in the world. It lies on the River Nile banks about 900 kilometers south of Cairo Luxor city was formerly the location of the 4000 year old city Thebes, Luxor Original Egyptian name was Weset , the Greek called it Thebes, while the Arabs impressed by its splendid huge temples, palaces and edifices, re named it Luxor ( Luxor in Arabic language means city of palaces) Luxor has often been called the world's greatest open air museum.

Luxor has been often called the world's greatest open museum, as indeed it is and much more, the number and preservations in Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world, Luxor lies on the River Nile banks about 900 kilometers south of Cairo, On Luxor east bank beneath the modern city of Luxor,lies the remains of an ancient town that from about 1500 to 1000 BC was one of the most spectacular in Egypt. Luxor ( Thebes ), has been continuously inhabited by humankind for the last 250,000 years, but it was to the five centuries of New kingdom that most of the monuments that today fascinate the public belonged. Every New kingdom pharaoh - there were thirty two of them - and many pharaoah before New kingdom,and after, added to the site's huge architetural inventory. The monuments erected during dynasties 18, 19, and 20 have ensured that even today, thirty centuries later, Thebes ( Luxor ), is one of the world's foremost archaeological sites. Not surprisingly, Thebes was one of the first sites listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site ( In 1979 ). Although the modern bustling city of Luxor now overlies much of the remains of Ancient Luxor ( Thebes ), but in many places her glories still shine, in particular where are Luxor and Karnak complex of temples on Luxor east bank,these temples are larger than anyother religious structures on the earth, statues weighing thousand tons each, its dozens of monuments cover hundred of hectares. Luxor necropolis and mortuary temples on the Western bank of the Nile river is one of the richest archaeological sites in the world, with hundred of fascinating sites excavated and studied,and with hundred more still to be opened, This area provides us with some of the most glorious examples of Egyptian art, from the austere beauty of the valley of kings and valley of queens tombs, the measured geometry of Htshepsut temple in Deir Elo Bahary,and the regal colonnades of the Ramesseum to the always edifying and sometimes witty depiction of daily life in the private necropolis, the art and architecture of Theban West Bank presents us with the panorama of Egyptian life in the glorious New Kingdom 3500 years ago. The Ancient Egyptian considered Thebes to be the world's most perfect city , few today would disagree that it has become one of the world's most important and fascinating archaeological treasures. tO say that Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would be an understatement. It has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists, and has been doing so ever since. It has been estimated that Luxor contains about a third of the most valuable monuments and antiquities in the whole world, which makes it one of this planet’s most important tourism sites. Luxor Today: Today, Luxor is well equipped to accommodate tourists with many hotels and, in general, a tourist industry ready and willing to serve the people from across the globe that descend on this area of the Nile Valley every year. luxor today has a population of round about 230,000, most of them are working in tourism , though there are many who are working in agriculture and commerce. Luxor city and monuments is one of those places that tourist must see. Within Luxor city which is located on East Nile River bank, there are only three main streets consisting of Al-Mahatta street,which is the street in front of the train station, the Corniche street, next to the Nile River & Al Karnak street, runs along the Nile from Luxor Temple to Karnak Temple. Al-Karnak street is carrying the same name of Karnak temple and to the south around the temple it is known as Sharia al-Lokanda. Along this street tourists will find the colorful signs of restaurants and cafes, as well as bazaars where the usual variety of Egyptian souvenirs can be found. How to go to Luxor from other Egyptian cities: You can visit Luxur in one day tour from anywhere in Egypt, but of course the one day tour will not be enough to see all of it, may be it enables tourists to see Karnak temple ( on Luxor East bank ), valley of kings, Hatshepsut temple & Memnon statues on Luxor West bank. You can go to Luxor easily from Aswan or Hurghada by vans, it is about three hours or less. you can go to Luxor from Cairo or Alexandria by the sleeping train or by a flight, there are daily direct flights from Cairo to Luxor, and from Luxor to Cairo, the tdistance between Alexandria and Cairo by train or car is about 3 hours, then from Cairo to Luxor by train or car about 10 - 11 hours. the sleeping train is comfortable enough for travelling in Egypt, it includes also breakfast and dinner meals, there are single and double cabines, but we advice you to take something extra for your dinner ( Really for some nationalities it is simple and not enough dinner ). the train will make you reduce the price of your travel package in Egypt because you will spend one night in the train from Alexandria or Cairo to Luxor, and other night if you go back fromLuxor to Alexandria or Cairo, so you pay only the train as accomodation and trasportation ( 80$ per single, 60 $ [per person in double cabine ) while if you take the flight you willpay accomodation in hotel and the flight tickets. While the train is comfortable but during the time of manifestations and strikes in Egypt , i dont advice you to use it, it is safe but only you can imagine, if people who are working in rail station decided to make a strike !! The best way to see Luxor and the other Egyptian cities and temples around it, is to take a Nile cruise, there are many categories of Nile cruises travelling between Luxor and Aswan,4 stars, 5 stars standard Nile cruises and 5 stars deluxe Nile Cruises, most of them start travelling from Luxor to Aswan Monday, Thursday and saturday ( it is 4 nights cruise travelling), then they return ( Wednesday,Fridays, Monday ) to Aswan from Luxor in other tour of 3 nights, Travellers can choose one of the two ways 4 nights from Luxor to Aswan, or 3 nights from Aswan to Luxor or they can do all of them in 7 nights Nile cruise tours. What you will see in Luxor? no the question has to be as following : What we will see from Luxor, Luxor itself as i told you is the richest Archaeological site in the world, but also the area to the south and north from Luxor is very important area to visit it. What to see and do in Luxor: There are a lot of things to see in Luxor: Luxor East Bank: - Karnak temples complex - Luxor temple - The Old bazar street - The banana island Luxor West bank: - Valley of kings - Hatshepsut temple - Valley of queens - Memnon statues - Valley of queens - Ramesseum temple - Habu Temple - Tombs of Nobles - Alabaster factories - Hot Air Ballon ( Now sTOPPED ) What to see from Luxor ( out of Luxor ): - Edfu temple - Esna temple - Kom Ombo Temple - Dendera temple - Abydos temple - Aswan city - Cairo city - Red Sea ( Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh )

Luxor is the greatest open air museum in all the world,it contains about 
75% of all the monuments of all the world, the number & the history of 
Luxor sites is unparalleled anywhere else in the world,The River Nile

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Worldtouradvice.com invite you to join our guided tours to discover Karnak temple in Luxor city, Karnak temple is not only one temple, it is a vast conglomerate of ruined & well reservedtemples, gates, open courts, chapls & other buildings

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Luxor Temple, Most of the existing establishments here were built in the era of the eighteenth dynasty. King "Amenhotep III" made  the Great Temple of Luxor. And stick to the old way that start edifice job, then follows an

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 Hatshepsut temple is located in  a spectacular natural amphitheatre of reddish rock, sacred to the godes Hathor, stand three temples that , when the sun is high in the sky and the glare is dazzling, blend into the background

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Medinet Habu Temple, this name was given to the Mortuary temple of Ramsses II
Medinet Habu archaeological area is located south of the cemetery Thebes, on the west bank of the River Nile, includes several important antiquities . 
The

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Ramesseum Temple, is the funerary temple built to Ramsses II, The Ramesseum temple in West Luxor was built by Ramsses II, It was his funerary temple, as kings of New kingdom used to be burried in their tombs in Luxor west

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Thoth Hill is a site of two ancient temples, the eldest temple is an archaic temple 

dates to more than 5000 years ago,and it is the oldest Egyptian temple in Luxor west
 bank,the other temple was built during the 11th

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The area of the Valley of the Kings is one of the largest areas of exploration archaeological relating to the knowledge of Egyptology over the last two centuries, after it had been just a tourist site in ancient

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Valley Of Queens in Luxor, one of best things to see in Luxor, it is one of the famous attractions on Luxor West bank, it was used starting from the 18 th dynasty to be the burial place of

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Nile Cruise Tours  is not only one of 10 best things to do in Egypt but it is the best way to see the antiquity sites in Egypt, it is the best way to fully discover the ancient wonder of

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Memnon ColossiThe colossi of Memnon are 2 huge statues representing Amonophis II,  The Pharoah who ruled Egypt  1350 BC, He is father of Akhenaten the Heritic king who change the Egyptian capital from Thebes to Tel Al Amarna

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Best way to visit Edfu temple from Luxor or Aswan will be or by a van , or during Nile cruises tours, Edfu temple is located on the west bank of the river Nile , 60 kilometers  south Luxor,

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Aby

For the Ancient Egyptians, Abydos was one of the holiest sites in the world. As the cult center of the god Osiris and gateway to the underworld,  This was a place that most Egyptians wished to visit once in

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Dendera is a small town in Egypt situated on the west bank of the Nile, about 5 kilometres south of Qena, on the opposite side of the river.
 It is located approximately 60 kilometres north of Luxor

The Temple of

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