Samegypt Tours | Trips | Egypt Holiday | Egypt Excursions Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Luxor has often been called the world's greatest open-air museum, and indeed it is and more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that known of. Actually, what most people think of as Luxor is, really three different areas, consisting of the City of Luxor two areas on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor, and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset. One area on the west side of the Nile, the Necropolis which called the western Thebes, it is covering about 10 square kilometers including a lot of tombs, temples, shrines, monasteries. The Theban necropolis at the west bank extends from El Tarif in the north to Deir El Chelwit in the north.
The Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt; it has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists and has been doing so ever since. Today Luxor is well equipped to accommodate tourists with many hotels and in general a tourist industry ready and willing to serve the people from many countries that descend on this area of the Nile Valley every year. Tourists will find the colorful sign of restaurants and cafes, as well as bazaars where the usual variety of Egyptian souvenirs can be found. The fain alabaster, which is plentiful along the west bank also looking for clay pots used by the locals Egyptians for cooking, which are more unusual. Luxor changes today from a city to an open international museum. One thing you might notice is that various governments and other buildings conform to an ancient building code. Particularly, the National bank of Egypt which located near the winter palace hotel and the railway station are all designed to appear as pharaonic constructs.
There are many places to visit in Luxor:
At the east bank, the first is the Karnak temple which is the biggest complex in the world. There is no temple like Karnak anywhere. In fact, it is not a single temple but it is a group of many temples. In addition, we consider Karnak temple as the main attraction as Valley of the Kings. Still at the east side, then visit the beautiful temple of Luxor. Truly, the Luxor temple was the center of the Egyptian religion. The temple belongs to the grandfather of King Tutankhamun. Ramesses II added the entrance and the obelisks later on. Clients advise visiting the mummification museum and the Luxor museum also.
At the west bank locate the most famous burial places in the world. First is Valley of the Kings. In fact, this burial place of the kings of the three dynasties. Tutankhamun is the most famous as it is the last intact tomb but it is almost the smallest in the valley also. There are some recommendations for some tombs like Ramesses I, Ramesses III, IV, and Merenptah. Valley of the Queens is very worthy to visit; it is remarkable with the pretty queens and very well painted. The tombs of the queens and kids are smaller than those of kings but they carry a touch of beauty.
From the valley of the queens to the burial location of the high officials, the generals, and ministers which is the valley of the nobles. In that place are plenty of tombs that people can visit and enjoy a different style of tombs and even more vision about the life in ancient Egypt.