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What to See in Luxor?

Tourist’s attractions in Luxor play an important role in increasing tourists inflow to Egypt. Most of the tourists are attracted to Luxor because of its historical attractions and traditional sumptuousness. This expansive city covers an area of 416 square kilometers and is blessed with a number of tourists’ attractions which add to its charisma and beauty. Some of the major tourist attractions in Luxor are:

Temples of Karnak

Temples of Karnak are famous tourist attraction in the whole city which is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The Temples of Karnak actually consist of three temples having smaller enclosed temples in their outer area. The names of three main temples are Mut, Amun and Monthu. These temples are enclosed by huge walls. A sacred lake is also located in this arena. It would be a wonderful experience to visit this complex of temples and shrines as there are some of the finest examples of ancient Egyptian architecture and designs. Among them, the most famous is Hypostyle Hall which is filled with 134 huge pillars. Modern facilities are also offered here for tourists. For example, near the Scared Lake, you will find a beautiful café. Moreover, there are toilets near grandstand and an open air museum is also located here.

Temple of Luxor

If you want to visit one of the cultural heritages of Luxor, you must visit Temple of Luxor. Located in the proximity of bank of River Nile, the Temple of Luxor was constructed by the great Pharaoh. This temple was devoted to Amon Re who was considered as King of Gods. The entrance of this temple is on the northern side which displays six statues of Ramases the Great. The entrance of this temple actually brings tourists to its great courtyard which has three baroque shrines situated in North Western direction. If you will go to back side of this temple, you will find a granite shrine which has been dedicated to Greek hero named Alexander the Great. On the western side of temple, you will also view a Coptic church.

Valley of Kings

Valley of kings is also known as Wadi el-Muluk in Arabic and consists of tombs built for Pharaohs. Valley of Kings is located on west bank of River Nile and it is its beautiful location which makes it a popular attraction among tourists. Here the tourists can also enjoy the views of pyramid shaped mountain named Al-Qurn. The Valley of Kings actually illustrates some of the concepts of Egyptian about afterlife. Here only 30 or 40 tombs are open for tourists among of which most popular are those of Ramasses IV, Ramasses IX, Ramasses VI and Merneptah.

El Mekashkesh Mosque

This mosque is one of the masterpieces of architecture in Luxor which attracts tourists from all over the world. This mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Luxor and is located at Sharia al-Karnak. Most of the tourists visit this mosque to view the remains of an Islamic saint from 10th century. Do you know that this mosque serves as pilgrimage center for tourists and they are recommended to follow a dress code while entering this mosque? This is because Mosque El Mekashkesh is considered as a sacred and pious place.

Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art

This museum dates back to 1975 and welcomes visitors with a wide collection of artworks and artifacts from modern as well as ancient Islamic era. The museum is very well-maintained and has spacious rooms so that it may become easy to move around.  Museum rooms are adorned with dull lights to give an effect that symbolizes ethnic feel. With the light and shade effect, authorities have tried to depict sensation of ancient Egyptian times. The most visited and famous attraction displayed in this museum is the head of cow Goddess which was discovered in period of great Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

This was a list of places to see in Luxor but this list is not limited to these attractions only as the list is quite long including:

  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Temple of Luxor, Pylon
  • Valley of the Queens
  • Temple of Deir El-Bahri
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Let’s Explore Egypt

Egypt, located in North Africa, is one of the most popular tourist destinations all over the world. The reason behind this is its rich and ancient heritage and a large number of monuments and spell-binding historical places. Most amazingly, most of its tourist’s attractions are along the side of Nile River, so many places can be visited by taking a sail in Nile. Some of its most important attractions include:

Capital City-Cairo

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt displaying both modern and ancient culture. There is traditional food, trendy restaurants, and mud-build homes along with contemporary looking homes, bowling alleys and clubs. This city is full of entertainment and attractions. The worth-seeing places in Cairo are:

  • Egyptian Antiquities Museum
  • Coptic Museum
  • Mosque of Ibn Tulun
  • Abu Sir Pyramids
  • Manial Palace Museum
  • Abdeen Palace Museum

Egyptian Antiquities Museum has more than 100 halls having thousands of worth-seeing and admirable work of art. The most important attraction which should never be missed is Tutankhamun gallery in this museum.

Another attraction of Cairo is Khan al-Khalili market which is known to be the largest in world. It is not only popular among tourists but locals as well. If you are looking for Arabic clothes and foreign perfumes, then you will find this place to be the best in Cairo.

Pyramids

Egypt is very well-known and famous of its pyramids located near to the Nile River. It has been said that after the death of kings and other important personalities, their bodies were used to be wrapped and placed in these pyramids after preserving them as mummies. Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx are the most well-liked among tourists. Based on research, it has been said that it took 80 years to build the pyramids of Giza. The largest pyramid of Egypt is also located in Giza having a height of 481 feet.

Valley of the Kings

Located on the west bank of Nile, the Valley of the Kings has been divided into two valleys: East and West valleys. East Valley is more liked by the tourists. This valley is naturally in the form of a pyramid and is located under the beautiful cliffs and tallest peak named Al Qurn. This area is attractive and liked for its natural splendor by most of the tourists. The Valley of Kings was actually used to bury royal personalities and therefore it has almost 63 tombs.

Alexandria

This city of Egypt is known for its cultural and traditional attractions and memories of its splendid past. The tourists attractions found in Alexandria are:

  • Alexandria National Museum
  • Roman Amphitheatre
  • King Farouk Palace
  • Sidi Kir Beach
  • Borg al-Arab
  • Sidi Abdel Rehman Beach

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is a place that provokes you to visit attractive temples including Temple of Hathor and Temple of Re-Harakhte.

Luxor

It is one of the most ancient cities of Egypt. It is a great place to visit as it has a number of historic monuments and places that can capture your heart.  Some of its places you should really visit are:

  • Karnak Temple
  • Twin Statues of Ramses II
  • Temple of Luxor
  • Mummification Museum
  • Luxor Museum

Siwa Oasis

This area is world famous of its dates and olives. You should really visit it as it provides you to see the most beautiful landscape in this country.

Sharm El Sheikh

In this place the most important tourist’s attractions include:

  • Na’ama Bay
  • Tiran Island
  • Sinai Mountain
  • White Lagoon

These were some main places which you must visit whenever you get a chance to go to Egypt. I hope that visit to Egypt will leave good and exciting memories on your mind.

 

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