Al Awameya, P.O. Box 43, Luxor, 83951, Egypt

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LUXOR ATTRACTIONS

Luxor's charming experience is undisputable, the former capital of the pharoanic empire certainly has got lots of good flavors. Being characterized as "the world's greatest open air museum" - as strong as that truly is - is not the strongest one. Luxor is a city that enjoys a warm sunny and mild climate throughout the whole year, its weather is said to be "healing". What also evokes the sense of healing is the view of the Nile flowing wide, sparkling clear under a blue sky and nurturing Luxor's soil. Down the humble streets of un-crowded Luxor lies a domestic market which supplies products that can be found there exclusively. Luxor consists of three main areas: the city of Luxor on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes on the west side of the Nile.

Main Attractions

The Temple of Luxor situated in the heart of the present-day town, the Temple of Luxor, known as the "Southern harem of Amun," was the venue for complex liturgical rites.

Karnak and its Temples Karnak was the largest and most impressive religious center in ancient Egypt, with 2,000 years of History: a monumental complex in the middle of which stood the Temple of Amun-Re, the king of the gods.

The Luxor Museum built along the Nile, this small but elegant museum contains important archaeological finds from the Theban region and some masterpieces of ancient Egyptian art.

The Avenue of Sphinxes a long avenue of sphinxes connected the temple of Luxor and the temple of Karnack about three kilometers away.

The Colossi of Memmon the two gigantic, solitary statues that welcome visitors to west Thebes at kom al-Hetan, are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III, the largest Theban temple.

Medinet Habu the Temple of RamessesIII at medinat Habu, an enlarged version of the Ramesseum, is the best-preserved Theban monument, and the color of many of its bas-reliefs is still intact.

The Ramesseum the memorial temple of Ramses II, which Champollion called the "Ramesseum", is perhaps the most captivating and elegant monument in West Thebes.

The Deir al-Bahari Complex Queen Hatshepsut built a grandiose temple in a valley that the ancient Egyptians considered sacred to the goddess Hathor.

The Temple of Sethos the mortuary temple of Sethos I is the northernmost temple in West Thebes. Although many of its structures, built of mud bricks, have been irreparably damaged, its loveliest elements, such as the portico and hypostyle, are in a good state of preservation.

The Mummification Museum inaugurated in 1998, the mummification Museum of Luxor provides visitors with an overall picture of this procedure and the rituals connected to it, which are same of the most famous and well-known aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization.

The Temple of Dendera situated on the west bank of the Nile, about 60 km north of Luxor, the temple of Hathor at Dendara is one of the masterpieces of Ptolemaic architecture.