Explore Luxor – A Trip to Egypt
Luxor city is located in central Egypt along with the beautiful bank of the River Nile. Nothing in the world is comparable to the scale and grandeur of the monuments of Egypt. Still, it has survived from Ancient Thebes. Luxor is the best place to explore and discover both the ancient and modern cultures of Egypt.
Luxor’s landscape is just beautiful and serene due to the presence of the amazing Nile river. It offers a unique and amazing travel experience. The Pharaohs built many grand and massive monuments along with vast tombs and burial sites for the queen and royal siblings.
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Main Attractions of Luxor, Egypt | Explore Luxor – A Trip to Egypt
Temple of Karnak
Karnak temple is situated just a couple of miles from the heart of the modern city on the East bank of the Nile river which was also known as Thebes in ancient times. It is the largest temple complex ever built by the man covering around more than 250 acres. This temple is dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun. Mut and Khonsu.
The largest area of the temple is dedicated to Amun Ra, a male god associated with Thebes, to the South of the central area is dedicated to his wife Goddess Mut and the Northern area is dedicated to Khonsu, the falcon-headed god of war. The destroyed area in the East is dedicated to the Aten, the sun disk.
The Karnak complex is one of the greatest and finest examples of ancient Egyptian design and architecture having a series of decayed temples, chapels, and pylons. Hypostyle hall with 134 enormous pillars covering an area of over 50000 sq. ft. is considered to be one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements.
Luxor temple is located on the East Bank of the Nile River in Thebes, which is one of the ancient cities of the world built during 1400 BC. It was dedicated to the three Egyptian gods Amun, king of gods, his consort Mut and their sons Khons.
This temple is one of the best-preserved of all the ancient monuments in Egypt. It has a large and massive amount of structure and its ancient carvings are still intact. The construction of the temple was started by the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and was further completed by Tutankhamen. The Luxor temple is constructed on sandstone blocks from Nubia, in south-west Egypt and surrounded by mud-brick walls, it also symbolizes the separation between the world and the sacred realm of gods.
The Annual Opet festival is considered as one of the most religious festivals in ancient Egypt. The temple of Luxor has always been an amazing and sacred site after the construction of the Christian Church and monastery and finally the building of Mosque of Abu el-Haggag which is still in use today.
Colossi of Memnon
The colossi of Memnon has two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III on the west bank of Luxor. Due to the earthquake, these statues were known for a bell-like sound. Further, the sound usually happened in the morning due to the rising temperature and humidity.
The legs of the king’s statues are carved by the smaller images of his Great Royal wife Queen Tiye and his mother, Queen Mutemiya. When the two statues were carved out, their purpose was to guard the entrance of Amenhotep’s mortuary temple. Though it is damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still away impressive.
Ramesseum – Ramses II Mortuary Temple
Ramesseum is the enormous and ancient memorial temple of Ramses II. It is near to the site of Seti I’s ruined temple which is again located in the Theban necropolis. This is in the upper part of Egypt across the river Nile with the west bank of the modern and new city of Luxor. The design of Ramses’s mortuary temple follows the new kingdom architecture.
Most of the temples of Ramesseum are damaged. But still, the ruined architecture gives us a brief idea about its massive buildings and statues. There are a lot of storage rooms in the temple. And they were built using mud bricks to store the seeds, clothes, leathers, oil jars and wines around the temple. This place also inspired Shelley’s famous poem “Ozymandias” the classical name for Ramses.
Luxor Museum is an archaeological museum located on the Luxor chronicle between Karnak temple and Luxor temple. It is smaller than the big Egyptian museum in Cairo. It is now offering ancient art and artifacts to display wonderfully. And all the details are documented in Arabic and English.
The museum also displays the really exquisite and antique statues buried in the Luxor temple. It also has the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamen and mainly the mummies of two Pharaohs. Pottery, jewelry, furniture, and statues displayed in the museum was created by the Brooklyn Museum of New York. The museum also exhibits the wonderful daily life of ancient Egyptians.