What is the City of Luxor?
The World’s is filled with amazing cities but when talking about Luxor, it is a different story. Luxor means in Arabic as “The Palaces” and is arguably the globe’s greatest open-air museum as on an area on 417 sq km (161 sq mi) lies some of the most beautiful Luxor tourist attractions such as Valley of the king, Karnak temple, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, Luxor temple and some of the most extraordinary ruins and artifacts that you can visit during your Egypt tour packages. Luxor is known to be the south of Upper Egypt and on the east bank of the Nile River and part of the ancient city of Thebes. Luxor was considered to be a very important city in the old kingdom and the capital of Egypt in the New Kingdom when it comes to the religious and dynastic aspects. The city has thousands of visitors from all over the world to cast their eyes on this incredible wonder while enjoying one of the driest, sunniest and hottest climates in the world during their Egypt tours.
The History of Luxor Tourist Attractions
The history of Luxor shows us that the city had a deeply religious nature as it was known to be the city of Amun and later in the new kingdom as the city of the gods where the Karnak temple is the official place for worship as each god had a shrine-like Amun-re, Mut and many more. The importance of the city grows in the beginning on the 11th dynasty during the early middle kingdom leading to the new kingdom where the city became the capital and the center for all the political, religious, and military aspects in Ancient Egypt. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, many kings and Queens established many temples to honor the gods as king Amenhotep the third constructed the temple of the god Amon, his consort the goddess Mut and their son Khonsu the moon good A.K.A Luxor temple in the late 18th dynasty, soon the power of Amon grow stronger as he was merged with the sun God Ra to Form Amun-RA who was worshipped in his temple in the Karnak Complex which is one of the most Luxor tourist attractions that you can explore through our budget Egypt tours. During the new kingdom a new of constructions took place as many kings and Queens sought to immortalize their legacy as it became a custom for any king or queen during the new kingdom to be buried there as it holds 20 royal tombs such as the tomb of Ramses the great, Tutankhamen, Thutmose the third, Nefertiti and many more. Also one of the most famous Luxor tourist attractions is the glorious temple of Queen Hatshepsut that reflects the true artistic design and classical architecture of that era. One of the last characters to add something new to the city was Alexander the great as a granite shrine of him was added to the Luxor Temple.
The ancient Egyptian nature of Luxor hasn’t changed even when the Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic Era came to Luxor and many churches and mosques were built near or even on some of the temples, Luxor still remained a window to Ancient Egyptian History. The city of Luxor with all its monuments was designated into the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and it keeps surprising us as new discoveries every single day. Enjoy exploring the best of Luxor tourist attractions on board our Nile cruises Aswan to Luxor accompanied by a private Egyptologist tour guide who will explain to you all what you need about Luxor tourist attractions and many more.