Luxor has long been recognized as one of Egypt’s most alluring destinations. Luxor’s numerous fascinating architectural structures, temples, tombs, and monuments have been attracting people form all over the world for years. It is often referred to as the “world’s greatest open air museum” because of its never ending magnificent historical sights.
If you commit to a holiday in Luxor, be prepared, as seeing all this region of the world has to offer requires a great deal of walking, we can tell you however that it is more then worth it, as you will see things that will create memories that will last a life time. Here are some of the most interesting tourist sites and attractions in this ancient Egyptian city.
Located on Nile’s east bank is a small village called Shenhur, where the ruins of an important temple can be found. The Temple of Isis, which translates to “the Lake of Horus,” has struggled over the centuries, as evident on its wrecked walls and almost-gone inscriptions on the stones. Several lime-burning and stone-robbing incidents have left this Roman temple to what it is now. Despite that, tourists still flock to this area to see the ruins up close.
Situated on The Nile River’s East bank is another temple. The Luxor Temple, a huge complex built in 1400 BC, is probably Luxor’s most renowned and visited attraction. Visitors can experience a visual fest of various Egyptian statues, monuments, murals, and obelisks, including Ramesses II Colossus, Amenhotep’s colonnade and red granite obelisk.
The Temple of Tuthmose III was excavated by archaeologists in 1962. It was built in honor of Egyptian god Amun. It is made of limestone and sandstone and is smaller than the other ancient temples. Even though it is not as well-preserved as the other temples in Luxor, its blocks, walls, and other ruins are still a pleasure to see. It is located next to the Temple of Mentuhotep, which has a major tourist-drawing museum, along with the Temple of Hatshepsut.
The Valley of Kings and the Valley of Queens are burial places for the Pharaohs and wives of the Pharaohs. Located on the Nile River’s west bank. The tombs are lavishly adorned with rocks, beautifully-carved inscriptions, and other decorations.