Being in Luxor is just like stepping into a time machine and travel back in time to 5000 years ago ready!
Being in Luxor is just like stepping into a time machine and travel back in time to 5000 years ago Luxor is the pharonic temples with their massive columns, magnificent pylons and amazing hieroglyphics writings on the walls tumbling to the edge of the river. Luxor is the tombs of the mighty kings in the heart of the valley with the amazing colored drawing of the book of the death and the narrow secret shafts and the kings burier chambers. Luxor is local villagers in their galabiyas riding on the back of their donkeys in an attempt to beat the morning traffic heading to the fields. Luxor is the vibrant souks loaded with golden jewelry, handmade artifacts, alabaster status, and papyrus paintings. Luxor is a ride in a calche along the courniche soaking the history of the temples and the charm of the Nile. Luxor is a cup of mint tea on a local café on the edge of the river. With a wealth of ancient preserved sites that represent nearly 1/3 of the world heritage sites , Luxor is truly the biggest open air museum in the world. Luxor has been the capital of ancient Egypt in the new Kingdom Era. It was called “Wa set” at the time which meant the “city of scepter” . Later the Greek called it Thebes which means “city of 100 gates” Being the capital of Egypt , it became the center of art and religion thus became loaded with monuments unparalleled anywhere else in the world. During the Islamic Era, and seeing the enormous temples of Luxor the Arab changed its name to be Luxor, which means the city of Palaces Luxor is the Mecca of travelers seeking culture and history… To say that the Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would be an understatement. 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.
The best of the best … most impressive and extraordinary site you can ever see The valley of the kings or as called valley of the gates of the kings is the valley where the mighty Pharaohs and the most important kings in the history of ancient Egypt choose to be their gate for the second life. Chosen carefully to be hidden from the tomb raiders and treasure hunters, the Valley of the Kings lies in the heart of the west bank protected by mountains from all every side and surprisingly one of which is a natural shaped pyramid! With 63 discovered tombs so far, the valley of the kings offers a magnificent opportunity to step back into time and see how those kings lived all their life thinking about their second life they believed in and gave enough attention and efforts to building their tombs and enhance them with all these amazing drawings of religious acts and chapters of the book of the death. The pharaohs believed in the life after death and believed that the starting point would be their tombs. They recorded everything on the walls of their tombs. They stored treasures , gold , tools and food in the tombs to assist them in their journey to the other world. The biggest discovery ever was made by Howard Carter when he discovered the tomb of the famous King Tut Anck Amun . although the king died at a very young age and the tomb was never completed so it lacks the beauty of paintings and decorations that you may see in the other 62 tomb yet it is the most significant as it was the only tomb that the grave robbers have never managed to find. The treasures found in the tomb were unbelievable. Most of which are on display now in the Egyptian museum while the Kings mummy are displayed in the tomb itself where it belongs.
It is indeed a complex of mortuary temples and tombs and represent the art of funeral temples in Egypt .It marks a turning point in the architecture of Ancient Egypt, which forsook the megalithic geometry of the Old Kingdom for a temple which allowed for active worship, requiring the presence of participants to create its majesty. The temple does shed the light on the amazing legend of the battle between Queen Hatshepsuit , the first queen that rules Egypt , and Tutmose III where Tutomse tried to erase Hatshepsuit from the history of Egypt… but was never successful. One of the impressive facts of the temple is that the inner part of the temple was actually cut into the cliff and consists of a peristyle court, a hypostyle hall and an underground passage leading into the tomb of the King itself.
The Colossi of Memnon are two giant rock status for Amonhetep III. It is believed that both were guarding the entrance of a huge temple which unfortunately not existing any more. Remains of the walls , columns, graphite have been found in the area and a project for restoration f the temple is on plan. In 27 BC, a large earthquake reportedly shattered the eastern colossus, collapsing it from the waist up and cracking the lower half. Following its rupture, the remaining lower half of this statue was then reputed to "sing" on various occasions- always within an hour or two of sunrise, usually right at dawn. That was the reason behind the name based on the legend of vocal Memnon. Memnon was a hero of the Trojan War, a King of Ethiopia who led his armies from Africa into Asia Minor to help defend the beleaguered city but was ultimately slain by Achilles. The name Memnon means "Ruler of the Dawn", and was probably applied to the colossi because of the reported cry at dawn of one of the statues.
The amazing of all temples. Karnak temple is more like a small town than just a temple. It is considered the largest ancient site in the whole world. Karnak is like the encyclopedia of ancient Egypt where every Pharaoh ruled Egypt have erected part of it or added a statue ! The key difference between Karnak and most of the other temples and sites in Egypt is the length of time over which it was developed and used. Construction of temples started in the Middle Kingdom and continued through to Ptolemaic times. Approximately thirty pharaohs contributed to the buildings, enabling it to reach a size, complexity, and diversity not seen elsewhere. One of most famous aspects of Karnak, is the Hypostyle Hall, a hall area of (5,000 m2) with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. 122 of these columns are 10 meters tall, and the other 12 are 21 meters tall with a diameter of over three meters. No need to say how impressive is the avenue of the sphinxes, which is believed once it was a connecting corridor between Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Later our representative will transfer you to Luxor airport to get your flight back to Cairo. Then upon your arrival to the capital city you will be transferred back to your Cairo hotel and that is where your tour ends.
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