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Luxor, Egypt

The Pharoahs Capital

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Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power, during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Today's city surrounds 2 huge, surviving ancient monuments: graceful Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a mile north. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank.



Karnak is an extraordinary complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks dedicated to the Theban triad but also to the greater glory of pharaohs. The site covers more than 2 sq km and is large enough to contain about 10 cathedrals. At its heart is the Temple of Amun, the earthly home of the local god. Built, added to, dismantled, restored, enlarged and decorated over nearly 1500 years, Karnak was the most important place of worship in Egypt during the New Kingdom.



The Valley of the Kings is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.
The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley.

While here I saw the tombs of Ramesses 3rd, 4th and 9th, however getting pictures inside is extremely difficult due to the small space inside and also the stupidity and arrogance of most tourists to this area. I have been travelling now for over 7 months and visited many attractions in many countries but for some unknown reason, the tourists here were the stupidest I have seen. Maybe it was the heat, Hahahaha.

Ramesses 4th


Ramesses 9th



The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as the Djeser-Djeseru, is a mortuary temple of Ancient Egypt located in Upper Egypt. Built for the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh Hatshepsut, it is located beneath the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings.



Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city of Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BC. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary".


Overall the history in Egypt is completely amazing, however I am not sure I would put up with the chaotic nature of this country if it were not for wanting to see these sites.
I think I have love/hate feelings about Egypt. The roads and traffic are completely insane, they drive very erratic and arrogantly, just pushing their way through. They are constantly on the horn, it is probably the only country in the world that would have to replace a horn, hahaha.
I have had great experiences with the people but in my experience, generally they were trying to harass you to buy something, tell you lies about something or just trying to rip you off. I think visiting Egypt is completely exhausting always having your guard up and continually saying no as you are walking from one place to the next.

I was glad I visited but I think I would be unlikely to return.

Posted by Geete01 06:20 Archived in Egypt

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