Nile divides the city into two parts - east and west. Luxor East (right bank) - a city of the living, here lived the pharaohs and built temples in honor of the god Amun. Luxor West (left bank) - city of the dead, where the rock carved tombs and funerary temples.
In the eastern part of the city is world famous temples - Luxor and Karnak. Once they were united avenue of sphinxes. Now they share the modern buildings of the central part of the city.
The most important place in the Temple of Karnak - a columned hall of Pharaoh Seti I. Your eyes will appear shestnadtsatimetrovye 134 columns, painted with colored reliefs. On the southern part of the temple adjoining the sacred lake. On its shore stands a huge scarab beetle carved from granite, which is considered sacred in Egypt.
Luxor Temple was built in the 13th century, during the reign of the most famous and powerful pharaoh - Ramses II. Temple 250metrov stretches along the Nile. Near the entrance you will meet three huge statue is 20 meters high, depicting Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.
On the left bank of the Nile in the western part of the city is the famous Valley of the Pharaohs. This is where the tomb of Tutankhamun was found. Tombs cut into the rocks, away from prying eyes, and carefully walled up. Nevertheless, such security measures will not protect them from ruin. They are built in the same style and have a long dvuhsotmetrovuyu corridor, stretching to a depth of one hundred meters, which goes into the room. In various tombs from 3 to 4 rooms. Ceilings and walls of corridors and rooms are covered with bright pictures, narrating the deeds of the deceased.
No less famous sights of Luxor - Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the funerary temple of the god Amun, from which all the remaining two statues of Amenhotep.
After a tour of the ancient temples, tombs and museums plunge into the modern life of the city. Be sure to take a river cruise on the Nile, it will bring you a lot of fun. If you are not afraid of heights, hot air balloon rides and appreciate the beauty of Luxor bird's-eye view. Nightlife lovers will find numerous discos and nightclubs.
In Luxor, hot in summer and warm in winter. In the summer months, daytime temperatures reaching 40 degrees 45, and at night drops to 23 25. Winter daytime temperature ranges from + 24 + 26, and at night it becomes cool - about + 8 + 10. Rains are not seen, precipitation usually occur in the morning dew.
How to get there?
To Luxor can be reached in 4-5 hours by bus from Hurghada. From Cairo to Luxor can be reached by train or by plane. You can also get on the bus. From Sharm El Sheikh to Luxor fly airplanes.