Luxor - City of Temples

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today I get up at 5:45 to have a good breakfast which is included in the price of the trip and then I meet the guide, the driver and the agent and we all head to Luxor temple.  This is a great arrangement in as much as they have no trouble lifting the scooter in and out of the van but I have to tip each of them..  But I knew this when I started although I was counting on two of them, not three.  They are very nice, friendly and helpful.  - worry all the time that I will fall.  Luxor Temple is right in the Town. Again, there are very few areas that are not poorly constructed and much of it is dirty.  Something, I just do not understand as many people are sitting in shop doorways in the middle of a jumble of goods.  I was told by one of the people that they have had the same president for 30 years and they accept their lot in life and do not rebel.  However, the temples are different, very clean, very beautiful, and they are starting to repair some of the damage.  They are still excavating and have found new statues down the Avenue leading to the Luxor Temple and are slowly excavating it.


Luxor Temple, built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, was dedicated to Amun-Ra, whose marriage to Mut was celebrated annually, when the sacred procession moved by boat from Karnak to Luxor Temple.  It was founded in 1400 B.C.E.  

The earliest parts of the temple still standing are the barque chapels, just behind the first pylon. They were built by Hatshepsut, 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 taken to France, 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.


The Karnak Temple Complex  Karnak Temple includes many singular temples, dedicated to Amun, his wife (Mut), and their son (Khonsu), the moon deity. The temple starts with the avenue of the Rams, representing Amun: symbol of fertility and growth.  It comprises a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amen and a massive structure begun by Pharaoh Ramses II (ca. 1391–1351 BC). An ancient sacred lake is part of the site as well.  The Karnak complex takes its name from the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor.

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Valerie and Bill on

Great pics Laura. Bill is very jealous of this trip. Hopes to make it someday! Save some of the tip money to buy wine when you get back!!

Dorothy on

Since this is a place I will never get to see in my life time, it is wonderful to see this very old spot - many, many years of history. Wow what a restoration job they have, continual, no doubt.

Marilyn on

Hi Laura: Everything is very interesting. In previous messages, I haven't been able to enlarge the pictures, but this message advises to click on slide show. Looks wonderful!!! I don't know where you are now, so will see you at Juan de Fuca. I'm going back to the messages I have already deleted to see if I can get enlarged pictures.

Jan-Louise on

Laura... wow, what great pics and interesting blog info. Thanks for sharing your story. Looks amazing... Interesting that it so hot... glad it is working out for you.

painterlaura2 on

Thanks to everyone who had put in a comment - it makes it so much more interesting to know what people are thinking when they see this. Do not forgot to click on slideshow to see bigger pictures and also click on the map which will enlarge and allow you to zoom in with the arrows and drag around by holding and dragging. You can then see more closely the places I am flying too. Really do have to go for breakfast. Love to all, Laura

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