Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Luxor area has a greater concentration of graves and monuments awe inspiring than any other region in Egypt. Situated in the valley of the Nile, Luxor is a unique destination full of ancient Egyptian treasures and the timeless romance holiday. Luxor is like a huge open-air museum where you can step back in time with an overview of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of Luxor and was the royal cemetery of 62 Pharaohs. This is where the pharaoh were buried and hoped to meet their Gods in the afterlife. The graves here cover a range of simple pits a tomb with over 120 rooms and hallways. There are two main parts of the Valley of the Kings, west and east. Most people associate the Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Tutankhamun, but it was a minor king and there are much more impressive and monuments of the valley as his tomb.Valley of the Queens is located at the southern end of the valley. This is where the queens and their children were buried. Only four of the tombs are open to the public, the most famous being that of Queen Nefertari. 

The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Located at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings is one of the most beautiful temples of ancient Egypt. Sitting on the top of the mountain, the temple is located directly on the rock which forms a natural amphitheater that surrounds it. Designed by architect Senemut, this amazing temple gives the impression that he grew up in the rock. Hatshepsut ruled as regent for her son-Thuthmosis III, but took the role of Pharaoh instead of spending power to him when he came of age. Dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra, the temple had a garden for the father of Hatshepsut with trees and exotic plants in the backyard, but after his death, the temple was deliberately damaged by his son-who replaced his image with his and deleted all references to it. 

Colossi of Memnon

Located on the west bank of Luxor Colossi of Memnon are "famous. These massive quartz sandstone statues once flanked the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. The statues now stand on their own in a field on the road to the Valley of the Kings. Although the statues are in poor condition they are still worth a visit. The Legend of Memnon is all about one of the statues that had a crack running through it. When the rays of the morning sun warmed the statue, he gave a strange moan. The ancient Greeks believed that the statue represented King Memnon and the strange sound was greet his mother Eos. However, since the Romans tried to repair the statue, he remained silent.

Luxor Temple
Built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenhotep III, this small but interesting temple is located in the center of the city.

Temples of Karnak
 Just north of the city of Luxor are fascinating temples of Karnak. This temple complex was built over 1500 years and was the most important place of worship in ancient Egypt. Thought to be the largest surviving religious complex in the world, this vast site is a mass of sanctuaries, obelisks, towers and kiosks dedicated to the Theban gods.Luxor has long hot sunny days and blue skies throughout the year making it an ideal destination for a romantic getaway and family vacation. Summers can be extremely hot, which makes winter a better time to book one of the many tourist vacation packages available for Egypt.Emma Healey is the co-founder and owner of, specialists in bargain holidays and holiday packages to worldwide. Thank you for taking the time to read my article and do not forget to look out for more of my articles I write many travel blogs and have some great topics to come.

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