Luxor is an Egyptian city on the eastern bank of the Nile around the center of Upper Egypt . It is equipped with 451 318 inhabitants (census of 2006), as calculated for 2010 with more than 487 000 inhabitants, on the largest town in Upper Egypt, and administrative headquarters of the 7th December 2009 newly created provinces of Al-Uqsur . Luxor, thanks to the many cultural sites and the links with the international airport will be considered as the center of the region.
The current name of the city of Luxor in the meaning “city of palaces” is perhaps the Arab القصور al-qusūr (“castles”) or al-qasr (“the barracks”) returns an Arabization of the adopted into German Latin Castrum for a fortified place. In ancient Egypt acted as Luxor temple , the “name of the reset Ipet wore “- in short form” Ipat / Ipet “- and part of the ancient Egyptian royal city of Thebes was.
Is the famous temple of Luxor , a temple in honor of the god Amun , who mostly of Amenhotep III. was built. One of the granite obelisk , which had been erected in front of the temple is now located on the Place de la Concorde in Paris (see the Obelisk of Luxor ). Apart from the colossal statues of Ramses II, there is also a small white mosque , the bones of the local saint Abu l-Haggag houses. They are on his anniversary as a barge with a large procession through the city, as the ancient Egyptians to the barque of Amun did. Also worth seeing is the Luxor Museum . This newer finds are exhibited in the environment. Right on the promenade along the Nile River is the 1886 Victorian -style hotel Winter Palace .