A visit to the impressive Luxor Temple at night

Trip Start Jan 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Thursday, February 4, 2010

The sun was just settling down when we made our way to the ancient Temple of Luxor in the early evening.   Being much smaller in size than Karnak, this temple was founded in 1400 BC and was very stunning as we marched towards it.  The multi color lights surrounding it were already on giving the temple another beautiful facet to admire under another light. 

As we followed our guide, he explained to us that this temple was largely the work of a single Pharaoh, Amenhotep III with just a few additions made during the reign of Ramses II.   We also learned that this temple was subsequently abandoned in the 3rd century and became engulfed in sand on top of which a village was built.  It remained like this until the late 19th century when excavations began.  The rest is history and as a result, here I was today exploring it.

The entrance to the temple had a pink granite obelisk which was constructed by Ramses II as well as two huge statues representing the king seated.  They looked entirely amazing as the yellow light reflected on the king's face with the dark blue sky in the background.  The obelisk was originally one of a pair but the other was removed in the early 19th century and re-erected in the Place de la Concorde Paris as a gift to France.

Once our tour was finished with Akram, we were given ample of time to wander around in which Michel and I fully took advantage by exploring various courts and passageways of the temple where huge statues, numerous columns and halls all looked marvellous under the different color lights that were shining over them with palm trees in the décor.

By the time we left, the sky was pitch black but with a million of stars shining above us, I had a feeling that the Pharaohs were watching over us!

Thankful for having visited the Temple of Luxor at night!

Monique   :-) 
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