Things to Do in Luxor

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Things to Do in Luxor

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  • Andy C
    3 contributions
    really amazing. considering that the site is 3000 years old. the pictures and the colours are something special. although i wouldn't advise going when i did. in the middle of summer. 42 to 44c . very flat and white so reflects the sun . not suitable for young children. water goes hot quite quickly.
    Written July 30, 2022
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  • Mark Vanest
    13 contributions
    An amazing place that takes you back millennia. Loved seeing a small slice of Aten's temple built by Akhenaten. Not much left of him in Egypt though he is my favorite pharaoh. A few things of his are at the Luxor museum as well. Also enjoyed seeing the Christian section at the far end of the temple complex. Hatshepsut's obelisks were impressive.
    Written August 3, 2022
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  • alex n
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    Just want want to say thank you very much for Ragab- My tour guide at luxor for two days, Ragad is very friendly, patient, helpful provide me a excellent service as I am very enjoyable, satisfied with his tour guide service also I am definitely recommend people who come to luxor will look for his service will introduce my friend of Canada looking for his service when visit luxor
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • c_estrellaroca
    Oceanside, CA395 contributions
    Small museum with great artifacts. Gained a lot of good information from my tour director but please note that a tour guide is not necessarily provided by the museum. This location has two mummy’s which while fascinating was also a little creepy. You can see the entirety of this museum in about 90 minutes. Also, at this location watch out for the kids who ask for money or will try to sell you items. I swear these kids look for the tour buses to get the tourist.
    Written June 1, 2022
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  • Deborah G
    Little Silver, NJ13 contributions
    There are places that when you finally see them in person tend to underwhelm you. This is not one of them.

    I've studied Hatshepsut and her temple for years and was prepared to be disappointed but actually being there was really quite an amazing experience. The elegant lines of the terraces contrast stunningly with the towering cliffs about them. There is a sacred feeling to this place--a feeling that even the hordes of tourists do not dissipate. Look long enough and you begin to see figures in the cliffs, a rearing cobra, a man squatting, a crocodile.

    Take your time if you can. The interplay between this complex and its environment is striking--and intentional. Be sure to stand on the top terrace in front of the row of Osiride statues of Hatshepsut and look out over the Nile valley toward Karnak Temple. Hatshepsut's architects designed the temple and it's causeway to align with the rising sun on the day of the winter solstice and with the main Axis of the Karnak temple. On a clear day they say you can see the great queen's obelisk which was originally one of a pair plated with gold. (Unfortunately they were harvesting sugar cane and burning cane produced enough smog to obscure the view) Enjoy the clean, elegant lines of the reliefs. Hatshepsut's designers used a uniquely beautiful style.

    Unfortunately large parts of the temple are off limits due to ongoing archaeological and preservation work but you can still visit the main sanctuary and the newly opened solar court. You will also be unable to visit the nearby temple of Montuhotep II and Hatshepsut's co-regent Thutmose III for the same reason.

    If you can, I recommend you get here as early in the morning as possible. The tour busses usually go to the Valley of the King's first and while you won't have the place to yourself, you'll be better able to enjoy it.

    Finally, don't let the touts and self-appointed guides spoil it for you. Our guide told us to just walk through them as if they were a cloud of flies, above all don't look at them. Shake your head, wave your hand and say La Shukran (no thank you) over and over again. Unless someone actually performs a desired service for you don't give them money.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Tinnesz
    Jacksonville, FL207 contributions
    Everyone has heard of King Tut and seen his treasures, so it would be sad to miss the tomb. Yes, it;s very small with little ar work. But you see his mummy and see where it all happened. The artwork is lovely.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • Greg s
    24 contributions
    Another great site that is too complex to appreciate in a single visit.
    This was my third visit to Medinat Habu without a guide and was among my best experiences in my latest tour. I would advise an early morning visit or very late in the afternoon. Although it does not have so many visitors as other more famous sites, having uninterrupted time here, is worth a great deal.

    I started with a visit to the palace, on the left hand side of the complex. Although spread over a a fairly large area, I was intrigued by the size of the rooms - especially the throne rooms. This room was accessed by a narrow corridor with (of all things) an ablution chamber/toilet to the right and the entrance to the throne room to the left. There is a second combined shower?/toilet not far away.
    The throne room was quite small with a moderate amount of space taken up with two column bases. Leading from it is an even smaller room with the characteristic throne platform. Neither throne rooms reflect Hollywood's vision.
    However, this palace would not have been the principal residence so one would expect it to be modest.
    To get the best out of the main temple complex, one has to do one's research to understand what is going on here. Being able to read a little or at least recognize ancient Egyptian numbers, Medinet Habu is more than fascinating. The wall carvings tell the stories and if you can read the numbers, you can count how many hands and other bits (I will leave those ones to your imagination) are being presented top the pharaoh. Often un-noticed is inside the main gate (left hand wall) where the carving of the god has been changed - simply because he would have been been hidden behind the door when it was open. In the same area, on both walls above and on the first floor level, are carved protruding torsos of the enemies of Egypt, some still bearing their original colouring. Ask your guide the reason as to why the hieroglyphs are carved so deeply.
    This, like many sites, can only be appreciated if you read about it first. Visit it with some knowledge and a good guide and you won't waste your time.
    Written May 28, 2022
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  • Greg s
    24 contributions
    An astonishing experience and well worth the expense. As an experienced traveller around the well and less well -known archaeological places in Egypt, this site remains one of my favorites. Superb wall decoration that can only be half appreciated in web images. I have a small expertise in reading inscriptions and it was a delight to read (stumbling) through such a visual feast.
    My one piece of advice - get there at 6.00am. Although the Valley of the Queen's is less popular than the valley of the King's and the high entry fee to this tomb reduce the number of visitors, being there early and alone is a matchless experience. If there is no one else there, the guides may allow a few minutes extra to the 10mins limit.
    Written May 25, 2022
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  • Nick P
    Staten Island, NY306 contributions
    If I recall, this tomb had an extra fee. So be it. It is brilliant. See every tomb you have time for in the Valley of the Kings. It is stunning how much time and work the ancient civilizations devoted to honoring their leaders.
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • Musicians Mum
    254 contributions
    Visited as part of a small group tour from UK.
    This site is interesting,at every turn,every column,
    Would have been happy to spend half a day there.
    Busy but site is very big.
    Little sphynxes everywhere
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • djelc
    Chichester, UK257 contributions
    Every time I go to Egypt i visit ACE. It is our duty as visitors to a less fortunate country to contribute to a cause that is helping animals like donkeys & horses in pain, and educating locals to look after their animals. There are a few 'donkey sanctuaries' but they are large organizations, ACE is a single project run by caring people. Thank you ACE

    Fantastic project making a real difference!
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • Tinnesz
    Jacksonville, FL207 contributions
    This tomb is extensive and gorgeous. So many halls, rooms, and beautiful colored paintings. We were lucky to go when there weren't a lot of people. Take your time enjoying the art and looking at everything possible. Do not rush!
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • Musicians Mum
    254 contributions
    These tombs were created by the men who worked on the tombs of the kings during their free time.Why?Because they lived secluded in the village (the ruins are visible),unable to travel in case the locations of the kings tombs were inadvertantly discovered!
    Unlike the kings tombs,these tombs show visions of the afterlife and also parts of daily life.They are much smaller but well worth visit.
    These artisans were able to read and write heiraglyphs as well as design ,paint,excavate,carve and would pass on their skils through the generations.
    Visited this as an add on to a small group tour from UK.
    Did not have time to investigate the ruins of the actual village so not sure if you are allowed in there or just have to view from the pathway.
    Written April 22, 2022
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  • Floridians33596
    Valrico, FL401 contributions
    My wife and I saw these statues as we arrived at the valley of the kings. They are MASSIVE. They are not to be overlooked because they are damaged. Make sure you do not pass them by. Thery truly make a trip here complete !
    Written May 28, 2022
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  • D1spm
    Redditch, UK1,462 contributions
    Simply a spectacular experience, as with all of the carvings at the temple it’s mind blowing the achievements of the craftsmen . As you visit this area you will see them
    Written April 9, 2022
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