Founded upon the ruins of the famed ancient city of Thebes, this once illustrious capital city of Egypt during the Pharaonic days is often described as the most enviable outdoor museum in all of the known world.
Luxor is known for many things like being one of the driest and hottest cities in all of Egypt, but more than the fever pitch weather Luxor is more clearly identified through its hardcore Ancient Egyptian legacy. Luxor is was where a lot of action happened during the era of the Pharaohs as the city is filled with tombs and temples along the sides of the Nile.
The sun is revered as one of the most sacred in Thebes as it dictates way of life in the scheme of things in this city like people live on the eastern side of the Nile where the sun rises, and on the western side of the river is where people bury their dearly departed ones where the sun sets. In other words, east signifies life and west signifies death and afterlife. That’s why the Necropolis of Thebes can be found on the West bank along with the famous Valley of the Kings and Queens.
Presently, Luxor like Aswan, is filled with elegant hotels and resorts including the majestic Winter Palace Hotel, a remnant from a long past colonial era. Luxor is also friendly to pedestrians and the pedaling community.
Places of interest:
• Colossi of Memnon
• Medinat Habu
• Ramesseum (Funerary Temple of Ramses II)
• Temple of Luxor
• Temples of Karnak
• Valley of the Craftsmen
• Valley of the Kings
• Valley of the Queens
• Winter Palace Hotel