Luxor and Karnak Temples
Duration: Full Day
This fascinating full day guided excursion will take you back over 4000 years in time to an era of great splendour, wealth and power under ancient Egyptian reign. Discover some of Egypt’s most awe-inspiring historical treasures, which include the magnificent Luxor and Karnak Temples, two of the most important archeological wonders of the world. If you would prefer to escape the crowds, private tours are also available.
Your journey will begin early in the morning as you embark on a day of exploration at Luxor, the world’s largest open-air museum. Located on the east bank of the River Nile, this magnificent city is part of the ancient city of Thebes, once the capital of Egypt during the 11th Dynasty (Middle Kingdom) and up to most of the 18th Dynasty (New Kingdom). It was also the religious center of Egypt in ancient times, and the main place of worship of the ancient Egyptian god Amon-Re.
Some of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful archeological sites are located here, including the famous Luxor Temple. This majestic monument is one of the largest and most spectacular architectural structures in Egypt. Built under the rule of Pharaoh Amenophis III, and later under Rhamses II, this sacred temple complex was a national shrine dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun-Re (king of the gods) his wife Mut and his son Khonsu. The temple’s magnificent entrance is lined by an avenue of sphinxes, which once led all the way to Ipet Sut in modern Al-Karnak.
After exploring this sacred site, your journey will continue by car or bus to Karnak Temple, believed to be the biggest temple complex and the largest ancient religious site in the world, covering an area of 100 hectares. Comprising a vast mass of temples, chapels, pylons, shrines and intricately carved columns, this magnificent open-air museum showcases precious relics of ancient Egyptian dynasties. The historic ruins date back to the 16th century BC and were constructed over a period of 1300 years, under the command of many different Egyptian kings.
The site comprises four main parts (precincts), but only the Temple of Amun-Re is open to the public. Highlights include the majestic Hypostyle Hall, with its 134 enormous columns, and the double row of sphinxes leading to the temple of Luxor. You will also visit the Obelisks of Queen Hatchepsut and Tutmosis III, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake, which was used daily by ancient Egyptian priests for purification of souls.
The size and splendor of this awe-inspiring complex is not only overwhelming, but it is a tribute to the grand scale and beauty of Ancient Egyptian design and architecture. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
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