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Luxor, Egypt

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Luxor Attractions

Luxor stands as witness to the magnificence of a civilization that lived centuries before the modern period. Luxor attractions must be experienced at some point in one’s life – there’s no other place like it in the world.

The Luxor Museum stands impressive overlooking the Nile River. It houses artifacts that go back to pre-dynastic times all the way up to the Islamic era. Most of the exhibits are explained in multiple languages. Visitors can see relics that have been found at the temples as well as at the Necropolis. Don’t miss this Luxor attraction.

The Mummification Museum is of outmost importance among Luxor attractions. It will allow you to understand much of what you view on your exploration of the sites. It’s located in an underground hall tucked away beneath the Nile.

The Temple of Karnak was known as “the most select of places.” It was built more than 1,500 years ago. It was the top worship site in ancient Egypt. This magnificent Luxor attraction is composed of sanctuaries, kiosks, and other fortifications dedicated to the Theban gods. It’s said to be the largest remaining religious site in the world. If you don’t have the time to see it all, don’t miss the Hypostile Hall. It’s situated in the Great Temple of Amun.

The Temple of Luxor is another must see among Luxor attractions. This amazing site was constructed by Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. It’s said to have been used for the celebration of important festivals throughout the year. The most important of celebrations was the festival of Opet. During this festivity the King entered the temple and merged with gods. The crowds cheered as a new and transformed ruler emerged.

At the southern end of the temple, you’ll find the court of Ramesses II. The detail of the papyrus columns are a must see.

On the west side of the Nile River, visitors can witness the burial sites of pharaohs. It’s known as the Valley of the Kings. The ancient Egyptians believed they would meet their gods upon entering the afterlife.

The Valley of Queens is not to be missed among Luxor attractions. It’s the place where the wives and children of the Pharaohs were interred. The tomb of Queen Nefertari is quite interesting. It’s said to be the most ornate and beautiful of all. After all she was the wife of Ramesses II. The epitaph at the bottom of the tomb speaks of her good nature as well as her friendly disposition.

Colossi of Memnon are the names of two enormous statues. These impressive structures once sat at the entrance of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. Visitors can still appreciate a few remnants of it. Each statue rests on large granite blocks.

And for impressive Luxor attractions, see the Avenue of Sphinxes. This impressive road connects the Temples of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak. It is lined with sphinxes first erected by Amenhotep III.

Other important Luxor attractions include the worker’s village, Tombs of other Nobles and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
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