Luxor City

Posted On : 01/03/2023 Kate Clark 50
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Luxor: description, history, facts, pictures, excursions

Luxor city is one of the most important and famous tourist destination in Egypt also all over the world, according to the statistics made by the organizations that deal with tourism and archaeological monuments have confirmed that the city of luxor is located on the east bank of the Nile as it is a very famous city in ancient egypt tourism and history representing the glory of our ancient egypt pharaohs and their history which affirmed the greatness of egypt, it includes more than 500,000 people living in luxor and is about 700 km from cairo and has 4000 years of glory and development. One of the most famous temples is the luxor temple which is located in the city center and is related to the karnak temple .

During the New Kingdom between 1549 - 1069 BC the capital Thebes had reached a million people. The pharaohs who governed its territory had greatly benefited from the military successes with which they expanded their borders south, towards the territory of Nubia, on the western coast of the Mediterranean, and east towards present-day Syria. The great prosperity and the enormous workforce available that ensued made it possible for the rulers of the New Kingdom to carry out great architectural works, with the aim of making their memory immortal.

Today in Luxor one can still contemplate the efforts made by these rulers to preserve their legacy and history through the legacy of great temples and magnificent burial complexes still standing on the banks of the Nile, including in ancient Thebes.

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What to see in Luxor, an ancient mirage of Egypt?

The most famous monuments are undoubtedly those of Giza , located in the suburbs of Cairo. The pyramids of Giza , with their incomparable size, have inspired the collective imagination for millennia. These enormous architectures, as well as the other pyramids scattered in the desert south of Cairo, keep alive the memory of the unprecedented development achieved by the civilization of the Nile Valley during the third millennium BC

However, the pyramids represent only the beginning of the legacy of Ancient Egypt but not the whole story because the ancient history of Egypt lasted for thousands of years, every part of Egypt tells of the great effort of the pharaohs to leave the Egyptians a civilization with which every person of any nationality should be proud.

This civilization survived for a long time even after the decline of ancient Memphis, and continued to develop in its own way. In Thebes, Ancient Egypt reached its maximum splendor, evoked by the various monumental styles present.

The largest open-air museum in the world (Luxor)

Luxor is defined today as "the largest open-air museum in the world". This name comes from the fact that the modern part is located on the same site as ancient Thebes. This was literally built over and around the as yet undiscovered Old Kingdom treasure.

Surrounded by modern buildings, the Luxor Temple and the Karnak complex are two of the most spectacular monuments in all of Egypt and the Valley of the Kings , these sites were first used to bury kings and pharaohs and are believed to have done so since they have ancient tradition and among those kings was the temple of Tutankhamun and it includes more than 36 temples.

Their visual impact is amplified by the contrast of their ancient stone structure with the modern buildings erected in the surrounding area. Furthermore, the area around Luxor and the opposite river bank is dotted with a vast heritage of temples and burial sites. It will take a few days for an adequate exploration of all the major sites, the most significant of which are located an hour from Luxor, each of which is representative of the prosperity and level of refinement of this ancient culture.

It is simpler to divide the site around Luxor into two parts, the east bank and the west bank. This division would also have been appropriate for the ancient Egyptians, since they conceived of the eastern shore as the land of the living, where the sun rises, while the western shore represented the land of death, the place of sunset and the transition to the afterlife. Luxor and the ruins of ancient Thebes are located on the east bank, along the temple complex where the ancient religious worship was observed while the west bank represents the modernity of life and both sides are completely different according to the story.

The monuments on the west bank instead consist mainly of funerary tombs and temples, where the ancient Egyptians and their rulers arranged rest for the afterlife. To spend your New Year in Egypt, you can easily check our different packages from our Memphis Tours website to spend your ideal holiday in Christmas and New Year by visiting Cairo and Luxor and Aswan and Hurghada and Marsa Alam .

No perspective equals that offered by a trip in a hot air balloon, to fully understand why Luxor is known as an open-air museum, and to enjoy the stunning view from above of the Nile and its landscapes. Floating over all the sites on the east and west banks, you will have an overview that will allow you to capture the magnificence of the sites and their grandiose dimensions.

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