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An essential visit you can do on your own during your staying in Luxor, or that we can take you to.


Luxor Temple at Night - Front
Luxor Temple at Night - Inside

Luxor Temple (Ipet Resyt in Ancient Egyptian: “The Southern Sanctuary“) stands by the Nile on the East Bank of Luxor (ancient Thebes). It was founded some 3400 years ago to honour the triad of Theban Gods Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (Ipet-Isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.

The earliest parts of the temple still standing are the baroque chapels, just behind the first pylon. They were built by Hatshepsut, the famous Pharaoh of the XVIIIth Dynasty and appropriated by Tuthmosis III. The main part of the temple – the colonnade and the sun court were built by Amenhotep III, and a later addition by Rameses II, who built the entrance pylon, and the two obelisks (one of which was offered by the King Egypt to France in 1830, and is now at the centre of the Place de la Concorde) linked the Hatshepsut buildings with the main temple.

To the rear of the temple are chapels built by Tuthmosis III, and Alexander. During the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings were a legionary fortress and the home of the Roman government in the area.


Edfu Temple of Horus

Karnak (Ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut, “The Most Selected of Places” is  is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. The complex encompasses 40 centuries of history, marked by the rivalry between rulers and comprises a vast mix of obelisks, tall statues (10 m high) Sphinxes alleys, temples, chapels, pylons, 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows (each between 10 and 21m tall with a diameter of over 3m supporting 70 tons architrave rocks!), a Sacred Lake and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amun and a massive structure begun by Pharaoh Ramses II (ca. 1391–1351 BC). Its stones were transported from 160 km south of the Nile. It was thee main place of worship of the XVIIIth dynasty Theban Triad (except Akhenaten who founded a new religion to worship One God Atun and built a new capital) with the god Amun as its head.  It is part of the monumental city of Thebes, who once was linked by a 3km long Sphinx Alley to the Temple of Luxor, partly excavated and projected to be rebuilt ).

Akhenaten Statue at Luxor Museum

The Museum of Luxor will unveil of lot of the beautiful artefacts that were to be found at the temples and reveal what the life of Ancient Egyptian was. Some remarkable highlights are

  • Pieces of treasure from the tomb of Tutankhamun
  • A Talatat wall (40 000 stones!) from the temple of Aten at Karnak, built by Akhenaten.
  • Statues of Akhenaten, the Special Pharaoh.
  • An amazing Alabaster diad statue of the crocodile headed god Sobek with impressive craftmanship.
  • The well known statue of The Napoleon of Ancient Egypt, Thutmose III.
  • The black and gold Hathor cow head
  • Two of the kings funerary boat models
  • Clothes and personal objects of simple people
Museum of Mummification

The museum, first of its kind,  is intended to provide visitors with an understanding of the ancient art of mummification.
The Ancient Egyptians applied embalming techniques to many species, not only to dead humans. Mummies of cats, fish and crocodiles are on display in this unique museum, where one can also get an idea of the tools used. It covers an area of 2035 m² its main area is the hall of artifacts in which first, the visitor can see tablets throwing lights on the funeral journey from death to burial and then visit the 60 rooms divided in such topics:

Gods of ancient Egypt
Embalming materials
Organic materials
Embalming fluid
Tools of mummification
Canopic jars
Coffin of Padiamun
Mummy of Masaherta
Mummified animals

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