The ancient sites of Luxor

We arrived in Luxor after visiting Kom Ombo and Edfu, and headed out to visit Luxor Temple that afternoon. This temple is right on the banks of the Nile, and is interesting as it has been used as an Egyptian temple, an early Christian church and a mosque (they built it on top without realising there were ruins below and managed to incorporate it as a working mosque).

 

 

Entrance to Luxor temple
Entrance to Luxor temple

 

The mosque built on top of the ruins
The mosque built on top of the ruins

 

Huge figures
Huge figures

 

Still so well preserved!
Still so well preserved!

 

 

The next day we went on our final tour, which took us to the Valley of the Kings, where we were able to go into three different tombs underground and see the incredible coloured pictures and engravings on the wall.  We weren’t able to take pictures here but these were amazing – so detailed and well preserved. After this we went to an alabaster factory…sigh…we don’t mind these stops as part of a “tour” but this one lasted for an hour!

 

Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

 

After that we headed to the temple of Hatshephut, built by a female Pharaoh.   This was interesting – quite a different shape and style to the others.

 

Hatshephut
Hatshephut

 

Some of the colours were amazing
Some of the colours were amazing

 

Amazing figures
Amazing figures

 

Our next stop was the Valley of the Queens, where we went into two more underground tombs and saw more incredibly detailed drawings.  I wish we had been allowed to take photos as these were again so incredible.  Our final stop was the Colossi of Memnon – notable for the two giant statues and also the crazy ratio of touts to tourists!

 

 

One of the two Colossi
One of the two Colossi

 

Us at the Colossi
Us at the Colossi

 

The last place we visited in Luxor was the Temple of Karnak(pictured above) – a massive and impressive temple that has a huge hall of pillars.   We really enjoyed Luxor – the sights were amazing, and spread out enough that a tour was really helpful as they are a bit far to walk between.

 

The temple of Karnak
The temple of Karnak

 

One of the huge statues
One of the huge statues

 

In the hall of pillars
In the hall of pillars

 

Looking up at the preserved paintings
Looking up at the preserved paintings

 

So amazing
So amazing

 

An obelisk
An obelisk

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Aunty Moira says:

    Wow !

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