About Luxor

Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaoh's capital at the height of their power, during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Today's city surrounds two huge, surviving ancient monuments: graceful Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a mile north. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank. Both east-bank temples have preserved statues, columns, obelisks, hieroglyphics, and sound-and-light shows at night. The west-bank necropolis includes the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses III, which is adorned with colorful 2000-year-old reliefs. The Luxor Museum displays artifacts recovered from many of the tombs, while the Mummification Museum sheds light on mummification techniques. The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is backed by towering cliffs. Traditional felucca sailing boats, cruise ships, and hot-air balloons provide trips on or above the river. Many of the modern hotels and restaurants in Luxor overlook the water.
Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak from Arabic Khurnak meaning "fortified village", comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt. It consists of four main parts, of which only the largest is currently open to the general public and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut and the main place of worship of the Eighteenth Dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head.
Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings, also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.
Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary". Four of the major mortuary temples visited by early travelers include the Temple of Seti I at Gurnah, the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri, the Temple of Ramesses II, and the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu.
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut also known as the Djeser-Djeseru is a mortuary temple of Ancient Egypt located in Upper Egypt. This mortuary temple is dedicated to Amun and Hatshepsut and is situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration and later, a quarry. It is considered one of the incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.
Colossi of Memnon

Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Since 1350 BCE, they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The twin statues depict Amenhotep III in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze facing eastwards towards the river. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs are his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwiya.
Deir el-Bahari

Deir el-Bahari or Dayr al-Bahri is a complex of mortuary temples and tombs located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is a part of the Theban Necropolis and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first monument built at the site was the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II of the Eleventh Dynasty. During the Eighteenth Dynasty, Amenhotep I and Hatshepsut also built extensively at the site.
Mortuary Temple

Mortuary temples were temples that were erected adjacent to or in the vicinity of royal tombs in Ancient Egypt. The temples were designed to commemorate the reign of the Pharaoh under whom they were constructed, as well as for use by the king's cult after death.
Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens is a site in Egypt, where the wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known then as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning "the place of beauty". It was most famous for being the burial site of many wives of Pharaohs. Valley of the Queens consists of the main wadi, which contains most of the tombs, along with the Valley of Prince Ahmose, the Valley of the Rope, the Valley of the Three Pits, and the Valley of the Dolmen.

Ramesseum is the memorial temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It is located in the Theban Necropolis in Upper Egypt, on the west of the River Nile, across from the modern city of Luxor. The design of Ramesses's mortuary temple adheres to the standard canons of New Kingdom temple architecture. The temple comprises of two stone pylons one after the other, each leading into a courtyard.
Tombs of the Nobles

The Tombs of the Nobles are sepulchres in Luxor is located in the Theban Necropolis, and are the burial places of some of the powerful courtiers and persons of the ancient city. There are at least 415 catalogued tombs, designated TT for Theban Tomb.
Best Time To Visit Luxor

The best time to visit Luxor is from March to April and from October to November when the weather is pleasant.

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