Luxor’s lush and luxurious landscape of Egypt is a setting for incredible ancient monuments. The Nile slowly snakes its way through the area, with the modern day city of Luxor sitting on the East Bank. The once resplendent city of the ancient world is like a modern-day, open-air museum for visitors. The land here is strewn with history, relics and ancient treasures, which have been practically stitched into the land and have stayed incredibly intact for millennia.
Temple of Luxor
Luxor Temple is an ode to the changing face of Egypt through the centuries. Built first by Amenophis III on the site of an earlier sandstone temple, it was known as “the southern harem of Amun” and was dedicated to Amun and their son the moon god Khons. Like all Egyptian temples, it comprises the chapels of the deities with their vestibules and subsidiary chambers, a large Hypostyle Hall, and an open Peristyle Court, which was approached from the north by a great colonnade.
Colossi of Memnon
Beside the road that runs from the Valley of the Queens and Medinet Habutowards the Nile are the famous gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Carved out of hard yellowish-brown sandstone quarried in the hills above Edfu, they represent Amenophis III seated on a cube-shaped throne, and once stood guard at the entrance to the king’s temple, of which only scanty traces are left. In Roman Imperial times they were taken for statues of Memnon, son of Eos and Tithonus, who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War.
This was the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, you can’t help but be awed by the massive columns and painted hieroglyphs. All the monuments here are on a gigantic scale, reducing visitors to ant-like proportions as they gaze up at mighty columns and colossal statuary.
Learn about mummification and see a range of human and animal remains at this captivating museum. This practice is believed by the ancient Egyptians to be a critical part of the quest for eternal life.
One of Egypt’s best museums, Luxor Museum holds a beautifully exhibited collection from the local area, which tells the story of ancient Thebes from the Old Kingdom right up to the Islamic Period. The museum’s prize possessions are the two Royal Mummies of Ahmose I and what is believed to be Ramses I in two rooms on the ground floor, which are worth a visit here alone.
Things to do in Luxor.
Luxor Souk Market
Dizzy yourself in this bustling bazaar crammed with clothes, jewellery, trinkets, stunning spices, and leather goods. Haggle til your heart’s content to get the best deals on your new exotic finds!