Sights of Luxor, Egypt
Luxor is a city in Egypt, located on the east bank of the Nile. Thanks to the many archaeological sites in the immediate vicinity, Luxor is an important tourist destination. Luxor is an almost certain stopover in almost every Egypt tour and excursions to Luxor are also organized from a number of resorts on the Red Sea, such as Marsa’Alam, El Gouna and Hurghada. This is done both by bus (under police escort) and by plane. From Hurghada you can fly within half an hour with a domestic flight from Egypt Air to Luxor.
To visit Luxor you need a visa to enter Egypt. You can apply for your Egypt visa online, so that you have all your travel formalities in order before you travel to Luxor.
Top 10 things to do in Luxor
#1. Valley of the Kings
According to Commit 4 Countries, the Valley of the Kings is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Egypt. The more than sixty royal tombs are therefore among the most visited sights in Egypt. The very first tomb discovered is the tomb of Ramesses VIII. The 62nd and last tomb discovered is that of Tutankhamun. This tomb was only discovered in 1922, most of the finds have been moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo such as the beautiful golden death mask.
#2. The Temples of Karnak
The Temples of Karnak are located in the village of Karnak, which lies north of Luxor and falls within the Luxor metropolitan area. In fact, there are two temple complexes: the temple complex of Amun-re and the temple complex of Mut (Mut). The collection of temple buildings, sphinxes and excavated walls is the second most visited tourist attraction in all of Egypt after the pyramids of Giza. The whole thing is so big that you probably need half a day to try and see as much as possible.
#3. Colossi of Memnon
These two immense statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III stand on the west bank of the Nile. The colossal statues are about eighteen meters high and are the only remnants of the ruined mortuary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. During an earthquake in the year 27 BC, one of the two colossi was badly damaged. Since then, due to differences between the warm day and the cool night, whistling noises caused by the damage have been observed. This stopped when Emperor Septimius Severus had the statues restored in the year 199 AD.
#4. Valley of the Queens
If you belong to the small group of tourists who get daily access here, you can see the impressive tomb of Nefertari, the wife of Ramses II. In total you will find about 80 graves in the Valley of the Queens.
Museum This modern museum shows archaeological finds from the Luxor area. Spread over two floors you can view finds from the temples on the east bank. The main attractions are statues of pharaohs, obelisks, portraits and a real mummy probably of Ramesses I.
#6. Luxor Temple
This temple, situated in the former Thebes, is dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. With a length of 242 meters, the Luxor Temple is one of the largest temples in Egypt. The complex is located in the center of Luxor, close to the Nile and the station.
#7. Rames Museum
The Rames Museum (also often referred to as Ramses Museum or Rameses Museum) is a temple built by Ramses II. The ruins that can be admired today only make up about half of the original complex. Sights within the museum include the colossus of Ramses II, the granite head of Ramses II and the osiri pillars.
#8. Temple of Hatshepsut
The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut (also written as Hatshepsut) forms a beautiful unity with the limestone massif where the temple is located. This beautiful monument in Deir el-Bahri took only fifteen years to build. Anyone who visits the temple will see that several damage has occurred over the years.
#9. Mummification Museum
The Mummy Museum shows a human mummy, but also a collection of mummified animals such as Bastet, the goddess of joy. The images and video presentations show how mummification was done. You can also view the tools and materials used for mummification.
#10. Deir el-Medina
Former settlement in Ancient Egypt near the Valley of the Kings. From these remains you can see how the artists lived who worked on the rock tombs in and around Luxor.