Travel Guide to Luxor
(known as Thebes by the Ancient Egyptians)
The Travel Guide to Luxor highlights
the most important places to visit in this area of Egypt and its
significance to the history of Egypt together with Ancient Egyptian
facts and information about Luxor. The temples of Luxor and Karnak are
located on the East Bank of Luxor. The West Bank of Luxor houses the
main area for cemeteries and mortuary temples. The
town of Luxor has the temples of Karnak and
Luxor to the north and the south.
Places to Visit and
tour in Luxor
The most famous places to visit in
Luxor are as follows:
- Valley of the
Kings - located on the west bank at Luxor
- Valley of the
- Luxor Temple built
by Amenhotep III and Ramses II
- The Ramesseum is
the memorial temple (or mortuary temple) of Pharaoh Ramses
II - the Great. It is located in the Theban necropolis
across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.
- The Mortuary
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir
- Luxor (Thebes located at the
present day Luxor) - Medinet Habu is a complex of temples dating
from the New Kingdom including the great memorial temple of Ramses III
- Luxor - Deir el-Medina where
the workmen who built and decorated the royal tombs lived
The Luxor Temple
The majority of the Luxor Temple
complex was built by the Pharoahs Amenhotep III and Ramses II. It was a
tribute to both these pharaohs, who were revered as living gods, and the
Ancient Egyptian gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The temple complex was
originally approached via a road flanked with sphinxes. The complex
consists of pylons, obelisks, shrines, statues, colonnades and
courtyard. Christian and Muslim chapels were later added to the site of
the Luxor Temple.
The Great Temple of
The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
is located at Deir
El-Bahri on the western bank of the Nile in Luxor which was Thebes.
The temple took fifteen years to construct and Queen Hatshepsut chose
her chancellor, Senemut, as her chief architect and engineer. The magnificent
Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut consists of three colonnaded
terraces with two ramps and are sited with a magnificent cliff backdrop.
Medinet Habu Temple
Complex - Luxor
Medinet Habu is a complex of temples dating
from the New Kingdom including the great memorial temple of Ramses III.
The great memorial temple of Ramses III is smaller copy of the
massive Ramesseum built by Ramses the Great. The god Amun was celebrated
at this complex and temples in his honor were built by Queen Hatshepsut
and Tutmosis III.
Deir el-Medina - Luxor
Deir el-Medina is the village where
the workmen who built and decorated the royal tombs and temples lived.
The village of Deir el-Medina is located on the west bank of the Nile,
across the river from modern-day Luxor. The Ancient Egyptians who lived
in Deir el-Medina were responsible for building the fabulous tombs of
the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Their own homes were also
decorated with sumptuous paintings.
Location of Luxor -
Our Egypt travel guide
differentiates between the sites of Upper and Lower Egypt. Ancient Egypt
originally consisted of two parts which were called Upper and Lower
Egypt. Luxor is located in
Upper Egypt was the valley area in the South and Lower Egypt was
the delta area in the North. Upper and Lower Egypt each had their own
governments and rulers. These two parts Egypt were eventually united in
3118BC. Plan your Tour of Egypt around the most important and ancient sites of Upper Egypt
in the South, including Luxor, using our travel guide.
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