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A Snapshot about the Ancient City of Luxor
Luxor is a city located in Upper Egypt that is exactly in the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. It is considered to be the greatest open-air Museum in the whole world because of its recherché touristic landmarks that attract tourists from around the world such as the gorgeous Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon, and splendid Karnak Temple.
Luxor is located on the east bank in the River Nile in southern Egypt, 25.70 latitudes, and 32.64 longitudes, at elevation 89 meters above sea level. It has a population of 422,407.
Luxor was located in the site of Thebes, the ancient capital of Upper Egypt during the Modern kingdom and the magnificent city of Amun. Thebes was known as “the city of the 100 gates”, whose importance started with the 11th dynasty. It played an important role in standing against the invading forces of Hyksos. This wonderful city was famous for its political, cultural, economic, and historical background.
Assyrian emperor Assurbanipal attacked the city. Alexander the Great reached the site and transferred the statue of Amun during the great religious feast.
Luxor has a hot climate just like the rest of Egypt. It has the most extreme temperature in comparison with other cities in Egypt that can rise above 40 Celsius in summer. Winter is often short and warm that makes winter the best time for visiting Luxor.
The Suitable Time for Visiting Luxor
The best time to visit Luxor is in January, February, March, November, and December. The warmest month is June and the coolest is January.
Mesmerizing Sights of Luxor
– Luxor Temple is a large ancient Egyptian Temple on the east bank of the River Nile. It has four main temples: (Hatshepsut Temple, Seti I Temple, the Temple of Ramses II, and the Temple of Ramses III ).
– Karnak Temple has a large mix of temples, chapels, and other buildings in Egypt.- Luxor Museum: has items from the tomb of Tutankhamun from the 18th dynasty and a collection of 26 New Kingdom statues.
– The Mummification Museum is a very important destination for tourists to discover more about the Mummification process and the items used in this magical process.
– The Valley of the Kings contains two valleys the East Valley (where you can find most of the Royal Tombs) and the West Valley, it is known for containing 63 tombs.
– The Valley of the Queens: consists of the main Wadi, which contains most of the major tombs and main valleys. All its burials date back to the 18th dynasty.
– Deir El-Bahari: contains a group of mortuary temples and tombs. The first temple that was built there was the temple of Mentuhotep II.
– Colossi of Memnon: are twin statues in a seated position that depict Amenhotep III. They have the height of 18m.
Interesting Activities to do in Luxor
Hot Air Balloon ride takes about 45 minutes before landing again in which you have the ability to go beyond the clouds to see everything.
Trips to Aswan from Luxor allows you to visit great Aswan Landmarks such as The High Dam, The Unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple, Trips to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples, Kom Ombo is a place which was built on the honor of two deities the crocodile-headed Sobek. Edfu is dedicated to Horus that was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom. Trips to Dandara and Abydos from Luxor where you are going to find the best wall paintings and decorations in Egypt. You can witness all of these temples, tombs landmarks during your Egypt tour packages or best Egypt Nile cruises holidays between Luxor and Aswan.