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Archtrove travels to Luxor – the river and the palace

Architecture in Luxor

Luxor, meaning “Palaces”, is an archaeologists dream. With its vast temples, ancient royal tombs, set in a spectacular desert with the flowing river set beside it, it really does look like something out a storybook. Across the Nile, lies one of the world’s richest archaeological sites, deep in the surrounding hills. Away from the mortuary temples on the floodplain lies the tombs.  

The markets are as you expect, tight and crammed but full of hidden delights from original papyrus artwork to some of the best food in Egypt. A haven for Nile tourists, relying heavily on tourism as an industry as the town centres around the Luxor Temple, a symbol of its former glory.

Karnak Temple in Luxor

The architecture was constructed hundreds of years ago and are yet the ones that stand today, in the markets and at the sites. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes. Sitting on the banks of the Niles sits the majestic Karnak Temple, with its towering columns and huge pillars. It is easy to see why this series of rotting ruins of temples, chapels, monuments is a UNESCO Heritage. Karnak is an open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is one of the top tourist magnets to Egypt.

Valley of Kings and Queens in Luxor

Equally majestic are the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the gateway to the afterlife. Huge royal burial sites to the pharaohs, queens and other elites. The tombs present elaborate preparation for the afterlife. But they also spent time creating hidden underground mausoleums. Well stocked with all the material goods a ruler might need in the next world. Tomb robbers, treasure hunters, and archaeologists have been combing the Valley of the Kings for centuries.




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