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Luxor, Egypt

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Luxor Overview

If you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely appreciate a visit to Luxor. And even if you’re not, Luxor will still dazzle you with its magnificence and rich history. Located in the upper part of Egypt, Luxor has been called “the World’s largest open-air museum.” Enjoying its status as a world-class destination, Luxor is home to excellent quality dining and unique shopping.

Luxor is a place of amazing contrasts. While the center is modern, the remainder of the city is a plethora of historical and archaeological magnitude. Luxor was built around the Temple of Thebes.

A long bridge communicates the east and west sides of the Nile River. Getting around Luxor is quite easy. There are numerous options including inexpensive taxis, ferries, horse carriages (caleches) and of course camels. Luxor’s international airport offers daily connections to and from major cities around the globe.

The months of October through March are ideal for visiting Luxor as the temperatures are milder and quite comfortable. But if you don’t mind the heat of the summer months, just bring an umbrella. It will protect you from the sun. Luxor is an amazing destination any time of the year.

Luxor’s importance dates back to the 11th Dynasty of the Egyptian civilization. Thebes is a living testimony of a civilization that existed centuries before Christ. Several of the tombs were not discovered until the 1900s. One of the most visited is the tomb of Tutankhamen found by the Director of the Museum of Turin.

Visitors can divide their time among the two sides of the Nile. The East side includes the Luxor and Karnak Temples. There are numerous great museums as well as the renowned Winter Palace Hotel. This establishment was built in the 1800s and has accommodated royalty throughout the times. The Avenue that connects the two important temples is lined with astonishing sphinxes erected several centuries B.C.

The western side of the Nile is home to the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, several tombs and temples. It also boasts archaeologically impressive statues. Most of the remains are currently being restored to somewhat of their original state.

A visit to the museums is a must as it helps with understanding everything you see around Luxor. The Mummification Museum, for example, displays the different solutions used in the process. A lecturer explains in detail how everything was done to accomplish mummifying animals as well as humans.

Exquisite dining is another feature of a trip to Luxor. Egyptian cuisine is centered on meats, chicken and seafood. Spicy kebabs and delectable lamb dishes top the lists of fine restaurants.

Shopping in Luxor is lots of fun. Large bazaars offer great opportunities for buying original papyrus, leathers, glassware and silk carpets. The oriental markets are a plethora of spices and exotic perfumes sold in decorative bottles. Silver and gold jewelry is sold at amazingly inexpensive prices.
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