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Welcome to Luxor

Once ancient Upper Egypt’s capital of Thebes, Luxor’s archaeological heavyweights put it right behind Cairo for visitors keen to peel back the millennia. Hemming the Nile 400 miles (644 kilometers) south of Egypt’s capital, its commercialized trappings don’t detract from the emotional force of its antiquities. Highlights are the hieroglyphic-painted tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the 1,300-year-old Karnak, and Luxor Temple. Other things to do include riding horse-drawn carriages by the river and strolling the Avenue of Sphinxes, the now-restored sphinx-lined road linking Karnak and Luxor Temple.

Top 10 attractions in Luxor

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, containing dozens of tombs filled with art and hieroglyphics. See King Tutankhamun’s tomb—the most famous sight in the valley—then tour the temples of the sons of Ramses II and of Amenhotep III and others to marvel at the centuries’ old art and artifacts.More
Nile River

Nile River

Measuring a mighty 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It’s also the lifeblood of Egypt, flowing through the heart of the Sahara desert, and passing through cities, including Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria.More
Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

Ancient architecture goes monumental at this landmark in Luxor, which houses magnificent statues, columns, and the largest place of worship ever constructed—just a stone’s throw from downtown traffic. Construction of Karnak Temple spanned more than 1,000 years, and it shows in the diverse art and architecture of this Egyptian site.More
Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

An ancient sanctuary surrounded by honking taxis, touts, and strolling families, Luxor Temple’s grandeur has endured more than 3,000 years on the East Bank of the Nile. Linked to Karnak Temple via the Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Temple boasts soaring colonnades, elaborate columns, statues, and images of Amenhotep III and Ramses II.More
Colossi of Memnon

Colossi of Memnon

Two giant statues of the New Kingdom pharaoh Amenhotep III, the Colossi of Memnon, tower 59 feet (18 meters high, making the perfect introduction to the grandeurs of Luxor’s West Bank. Each weighs around 1,100 tons (1,000 tonnes and they once guarded the entrance to a funerary temple archaeologists are still excavating today.More
Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari)

Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari)

Fiery limestone cliffs are a dramatic backdrop for the Temple of Hatshepsut, a monument to the female pharaoh who was once king of ancient Egypt. The temple’s smooth colonnade has been reconstructed, and the smooth façade alternates glowing columns with deep shadows. Venture inside to find relief carvings, hieroglyphics, and sanctuaries.More
Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

Vast and beautifully preserved, complete with its original roof, the Temple of Horus (Edfu Temple still dominates the little Nile-side town of Edfu. Completed by Cleopatra’s father in the first century BC, it’s dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus and is one of Egypt’s largest ancient temples.More
Mummification Museum

Mummification Museum

For well over 2,000 years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead, removing organs and drying and wrapping the body in a gory process that spawned hundreds of horror films. Luxor’s intimate Mummification Museum explores this process and the beliefs around it, displaying tools, animal mummies, and the remains of a 3,000-year-old priest.More
Tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Tutankhamun

Vivid wall paintings keep watch over the Tomb of Tutankhamun, where King Tutankhamun’s linen-wrapped mummy is preserved in a glass case. While most of Tut’s treasures are on display at the National Museum in Cairo, visit the tomb to see where the young king’s body lay for thousands of years.More
Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum

From royal mummies to King Tut’s sandals, the Luxor Museum’s magnificent collection contains some of Thebes’ most impressive treasures. This is where to find many artifacts excavated from the Valley of the Kings and other Luxor sites, but the exhibits extend from the ancient world all the way to the Islamic Mamluk period.More

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