Luxor – Egypt’s ancient capital | Private jet charter
Located in southern Egypt on the banks of the River Nile, Luxor was once known as Thebes and was the undisputed capital of ancient Egypt. The enigmatic and unmissable Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens are on the Nile’s west bank, while the east bank is home to the Luxor Museum, the Bazaar and the two iconic temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak.
Temple of Karnak
Possibly the largest religious edifice ever constructed, the vast Temple of Karnak complex covers more than 100 hectares and was dedicated to the Theban gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu. Known as Ipet-isu (most select of places) by ancient Egyptians, the great temple alone was so big it could hold the cathedrals of St Peter’s, the Duomo and Notre Dame within its walls. Its 10 interconnected pylons or gateways are especially notable.
Valley of the Kings
The enigmatic Valley of the Kings is the burial place for Tutankhamun and many other New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) Pharaohs. The tomb of Ramses VI is spectacular. Dominated by the towering peak of Al Quran (the Horn) the Valley of the Kings is home to 63 awe-inspiring royal tombs.
Abu Simbel and Lake Nasser
While you’re in Luxor, a two-day visit to Abu Simbel, Lake Nasser, Philae Temple and Aswan Dam is a must. Overlooking Lake Nasser, the two giant temples at Abu Simbel are extraordinary and include four colossal statues of Ramesses II, as well as the temple of Hathor and Nefertiti. Both temples were moved to their current location in the sixties before the creation of the Aswan Dam.
Overlooking the west bank of the Nile, the Luxor Museum contains artefacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, as well as the intact mummies of Pharaohs Ahmose I and Ramesses I. There are also examples of pharaonic art, ceramics, papyrus and much more.
There are two main souks (markets) in Luxor. Near the Temple of Luxor, you’ll find Sharia el Souk. It’s mainly a tourist hangout but good for souvenirs and possibly a less hectic shopping experience. For a more authentic market experience, head for the Sharia Ahmos where the locals shop: expect all manner of food stalls, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Nile River Felucca
No visit to Egypt would be complete without a sail in a felucca on the enigmatic Nile. There are many excursions from Luxor, or if you’re feeling adventurous walk down to the Nile side of the Corniche – between Luxor Temple and the Winter Palace hotel – and practise your haggling skills with the boat captains.
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