is the world's greatest open-air museum, filled with the awe-inspiring
monuments of ancient civilization.
was part of ancient Thebes, and was the seat of power for
1350 years - from 2100BC to 750BC. During this time the Egyptians
constructed several architectural works of art, and the city
is thus extremely rich in relics that tell a story about Ancient
Egypt's glorious history - palaces, monuments, temples and
the East bank of the Nile, in the city of the living, are
found the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the largest place of
worship ever built. On the West Bank are the Colossi of Memnon,
the tombs of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, and a number
of commemorative temples and tombs of important officials.
you can walk through history; past statues with heads of gods
and animals, beneath pillars carved with lotus buds and papyrus.
in a horse-drawn caleche, sail in a felucca,
take a sunset cruise or see the city from a hot-air balloon.
does the name 'Luxor ' come form?
is part of ancient Thebes: 'The Hundred-Gated City' as it
was called by the renowned Greek historian, Homer, because
of its buildings and large gates. The city grew over the years,
and the Arabs, impressed by its beautiful palaces and huge
edifices, re-named it 'Luxor': City of Palaces. Luxor remained
the seat of power from 2100 to 750B.C.
That is why the visitor is awed by the city, made immortal
by its huge pillared-monuments along both banks of the Nile.
In the City of the Living, in the east, where the life-giving
sun rises; and in the City of the Dead, in the west, where
the sun, in its never-ending orbit, bids farewell to life!