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  • 1 Temples of Karnak Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    A veritable sacred city devoted to the cult of Amun-Re, Karnak is a gigantic sanctuary dedicated to the Theban Triad. In addition to the Temple of Amun, you will also see here the temples of the goddess Mut and the god Khonsu. Karnak is one of the mo..

  • 2 Great Temple of Amun Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Dedicated to the imperial divinity Amun, the Great Temple is surrounded by a wall 1.5km long and 800m wide. The first pylon (the temple has ten) leads to the majestic Great Court. It served as a port of call for the sacred barks, which arrived in pro..

  • 3 Luxor Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Entrée par la Corniche ET - Louxor

    The Rameses II courtyard, the colonnade and the Amenophis III courtyard alone majestically illustrate the history of this temple dedicated to the god Amun and to the celebrations in honour of Otep. Luxor Temple, linked to Karnak Temple by Sphinx Alle..

  • 4 Nile Cruise Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ET - Louxor

    Floating down the Nile is one of the best ways to observe the close relationship between Egypt and its river. Every week almost 300 cruises set off between Luxor and Aswan, via Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo; the large boats are kitted out with entertainment f..

  • 5 Valley of the Queens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Called Ta set Neferu (Place of Perfection) during Pharaonic times, this deep valley housed more than 60 tombs of queens, princes, princesses and some court dignitaries. Inspired by the Book of the Dead, the relief decor of Nefertari's tomb (n° 66), R..

  • 6 Tombs of the Nobles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Less famous than the two neighbouring royal valleys - despite having been better protected from pillaging - these 500 tombs of high-level officials from Thebes have outstanding New Kingdom decors: brightly coloured hunting and fishing scenes and reli..

  • 7 Deir el-Bahri Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    The site is called the Northern Monastery, after the monastery the Christians set up in Hatshepsut's Temple in the 6C and 7C. The valley used to be called Nefer-Neferu, the Sublime of the Sublimes. The deadly attack on 17 November 1997 for which the ..

  • 8 Hatshepsut's Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Located at Deir el-Bahri, this impressive temple hewn out of the rock is the work of Senenmut, Queen Hatshepsut's architect. It is made up of three terraces at the foot of the Theban Mountain, joined together by ramps. The wall decorations on the fir..

  • 9 Valley of the Kings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    It was in the limestone rock of the Theban Mountain that all the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (except Akhenaton) elected to build their tombs. There are officially 63 such tombs, numbered in order of discovery, but the site has not yet revealed all it..

  • 10 Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sur la Corniche ET - Louxor

    With collections originating from digs at Thebes, Luxor, Karnak and Deir el-Bahri, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the Middle and New Kingdoms. The realism of the features and attitudes of the statues of Amenophis III, Thutmosis III a..

  • 11 Medinet Habu Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    It was in the region of the former Thebes that Rameses III decided to build his temple. This mortuary complex encompasses outbuildings, the priests' lodgings, the Royal Palace of Amenophis III and the Temple of Thutmosis. The Temple of Rameses III is..

  • 12 Temple of Rameses III Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Rameses III, who greatly admired his ancestor Rameses II, was the warrior king of the XX Dynasty. His temple at Medinet Habu is entirely given over to recording his achievements. His most famous victory was over the Sea Peoples, who came from the eas..

  • 13 Deir el-Medina Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    With the first civil housing known to date, this old village is a mine of information on the "men of the tomb", the craftsmen of the XIX and XX Dynasties. These labourers who were authorised to prepare the royal burial places in the Valley ..

  • 14 Ramesseum Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Built during the life of Rameses II, this temple is dedicated to the glory of the Pharaoh, as shown by the military, cultural and family scenes that decorate it. Note the fragments of the monumental statue of Rameses II in the first courtyard. The se..

  • 15 Luxor Open Air Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    ET - Louxor

    Thousands of blocks, most bearing superb fragments of reliefs, lie in rows waiting to take their place in the site's various monuments. Some have been reconstituted by anastylosis, for instance, the horned altar, Thutmosis IV's Calcite Chapel, the Wh..

  • 16 The Souk and Corniche Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corniche ET - Louxor

    The promenade along the Corniche takes you from Luxor to Karnak. Cruise boats bound for the Nile moor to the north; to the south are feluccas that will transport you to the opposite bank, towards Thebes. Before setting sail it is well worth venturing..

  • 17 Colossi of Memnon Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    These imposing guardians of the mortuary temple of Amenophis III (destroyed in ancient times as it served as a quarry for other pharaohs), sculptures of the pharaoh seated on his throne and wearing the nemes, are thought to have survived an earthquak..

  • 18 Temple of Seti I Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    The mortuary temple of Seti I is also dedicated to his father Rameses I, whose reign was so short-lived that he did not have his own resting place. Today, all that remains of the northernmost of the commemorative temples of the New Kingdom is the bac..

  • 19 Luxor Mummification Museum

    Museums and art

    Sur la Corniche. face au Mina Hotel ET - Louxor

    Delve into the secrets of mummification! Egyptians believed that death was a stage in a process of rebirth so it was crucial that the body be well preserved for the deceased's use in the afterlife. First, the organs were removed then the body was soa..

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