Avenue of Sphinxes

Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor

Avenue of Sphinxes
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas
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Catherine S
Bolton, UK7,689 contributions
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Having waited for so long for the Avenue to open it was one of the first things on our list on our visit to Luxor.
Starting from Luxor temple we walked in the early morning although the heat was rising as we walked.
There are notice boards along the way with information and particularly interesting pictures of how the Avenue looked before restoration.
The pathway is somewhat uneven so not so good for those with mobility issues.
There are shaded rest areas along the route to rest, and a small cafe for a welcome drink as you progress.

At one point there is a bridge, at which a group of school kids though it fun to throw missiles at the tourists! A shout up at them brought the security guy out of his hut and he proceeded to deal with them….

About three quarters along the way there is a barrier. At this point you have two choices, exit and make your way to the corniche. Or continue on towards Karnak, however at this point you need to purchase your Karnak Temple ticket.
You can not however enter the Avenue at this point.

The pathway suddenly becomes very uneven and takes a bit of attention to walk over. The Avenue technically splits not far along, however past the Mat Temple the Avenue is closed so you need to follow the left path to enter Karnak by the Gateway of Euergetes followed by the Temple of Khonsu.
Written March 4, 2022
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,343 contributions
We were able to see the section near Luxor Temple and glimpses along the 3 km to Karnak Temple. Major reconstruction project has involved moving buildings, etc. to recreate the route.
Written December 7, 2021
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David M
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Everything was amazing, the sights, the guides and the interaction. Luxor & Karnak Temples, the history and the information by our Viking Guides were top- notch. They explained the hieroglyphs the time lines and the building of these sites
Written January 31, 2020
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Patricia E
6th of October City, Egypt4 contributions
After seeing the inauguration on television of the Avenue of Sphinxes, I had great expectations that most all of the statues on the platforms would be at least partially intact. Sadly, this is not the case, but maybe I should be looking at the bigger picture and be thankful that the full length of the avenue has been excavated and is intact with its platforms. Many of the statues are still there but not many.
Written March 25, 2022
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Peter S
Philadelphia, PA140 contributions
This 3-Kilometer long Avenue is flanked by 1350 sphinxes on both sides. It connects Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple especially during the annual Opet Festival in February. It
is even more beautiful when is is illuminated at night. Currently, it is under restoration. After the restoration is completed in 2020, the whole connected Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple becomes the world's largest open air museum.
Written January 13, 2020
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,393 contributions
We were one of the first ones to experience the newly reopened legendary Avenue of Shinxes. How much you can "see" varies depending on the location along the route. It is mainly the "experience" that counts! You can walk between Karnak and Luxor where the ancient processions used to take place during the Opet Festival,an annual Ancient Egyptian Festival . The gods were carried in a ritual procession of the Barque.
At night the Avenue is beautifully lit.
Written January 20, 2022
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Robert D
Omaha, NE56 contributions
Many remaining remnants and reflected a grand period. Can be seen from a distance but up close and personal is better. The carvings, paintings and layout as well as the pieces piled up by era took time to view. This took us an entire afternoon to absorb.
Written February 12, 2020
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KarenAzinger
Portland91 contributions
In ancient times, the Avenue of the Sphinxes ran from Karnak temple to Luxor temple. The Avenue is currently be excavated and restored, with most of the work being done near Karnak. At some point, you will be able to walk from on temple to the other, but for now the sphinxes are best viewed from the temple of Luxor. Go at sunset and view them in the changing light and then stay till after dark. The sphinxes and Luxor temple really come alive after dark with expert lighting. The light and subtle shadows make the temple come alive! If you have limited time, then visit Luxor temple and Avenue of Sphinxes after dark!
Written March 19, 2020
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zuni P
Lagunitas, CA673 contributions
Friends
I want to spend a winter in this city
Learn some Arabic - drink hibiscus tea and return over and over to every site.
Entering into the temple of Karnak
You imagine that these few Sphnix left used to connect the 2 temples .
I have been to Egypt many times and 4-5 times to Luxor since 1978
If i am fortunate to live long enough I will return
Written March 14, 2020
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,360 contributions
Friends
Avenue of Sphinxes is between Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple but you can’t walk on the avenue yet as they are renovating the area. Hopefully by next year it will be open to the public. Enjoying the entire area in general. Too much to see, too little time.
Written February 21, 2020
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