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Updated August 9, 2016 / Joรฃo Leitรฃo / 23 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 4 minutes
Luxor the World's greatest open air Museum - Egypt

Luxor the World’s greatest open air Museum – Egypt

Luxor

Have you heard about Luxor in Egypt?

No?

well, how about the Colossi of Memnon?

or the Hatshepsut’s Temple?

not yet?

how about the Karnak temple?

Hieroglyph decorated stone column in Karnak temple

Hieroglyph decorated stone column in Karnak temple

come on… not yet?

Valley of the Kings and the famous tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun???

ahh!!

I knew Luxor was familiar to your traveler’s knowledge. Impossible not to be.

The list of monuments and famous Egyptian historical sites could go on and on such as Valley of the Queens, Deir el-Medina, The Ramesseum, Medinet Habu or even Malkata.

Hot Air Balloon ride above Luxor during sunrise

Hot Air Balloon ride above Luxor during sunrise

Luxor, from the Arabic El-Uqsur (meaning “the palaces” or “the castles”), the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, located on the shores of the Nile River, is Egypt’s most well-kept travel destination.

A place as old as thousands of years, it was initially a mysterious provincial town during the Old Kindgdom of Egypt. Its importance arose during Mentuhotep II, by 2055 BC, but it was only in 1550 BC that local princes who eventually freed Egypt from the Hyksos invaders made it a powerful and important city.

Felucca boat on the Nile river during sunset

Felucca boat on the Nile river during sunset

Often called as the world’s greatest open air museum, Luxor is an amazing place to visit and to explore its eccentric archaeological sites.

On this page, I make a list of 43 photos of Luxor which are undoubtedly of the city’s major tourist attractions. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share this page with your friends.

Luxor, the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes

Dunes and The Nile river just before arriving in Luxor

Arriving to Luxor by train

Dunes and The Nile river just before arriving in Luxor by train.

4000-year-old Karnak Temple dedicated to Amun, Khonsu and Mut

Karnak Temple

4000-year-old Karnak Temple dedicated to Amun, Khonsu and Mut.

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic carvings at Karnak Temple in Luxor

Karnak Temple

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic carvings at Karnak Temple in Luxor.

Sitting Ramesses II Colossus inside Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

Sitting Ramesses II Colossus inside Luxor Temple.

People working on the fields seen from a Hot Air Balloon above Luxor

People working on the fields

People working on the fields seen from a Hot Air Balloon above Luxor.

Main entrance to Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

Temple of Hatshepsut

Main entrance to Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor.

Market and mosque in Luxor City located on the East bank of the Nile

Luxor City

Market and mosque in Luxor City located on the East bank of the Nile.

Luxor Temple complex with Abu al-Haggag Mosque

Luxor Temple and Abu al-Haggag Mosque

Luxor Temple complex with Abu al-Haggag Mosque.

Egyptian Man crossing the Nile river from the East Bank to the West Bank

Egyptian Man on boat

Egyptian Man crossing the Nile river from the East Bank to the West Bank.

Boats anchored on the shore of the West Bank of Luxor

Anchored boats

Boats anchored on the shore of the West Bank of the Nile River in Luxor.

Cute lonely donkey by a stone house in Luxor

Egyptian donkey

Cute lonely donkey by a stone house in Luxor.

Osirian columns representing Hatshepsut inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

Temple of Hatshepsut

Osirian columns representing Hatshepsut inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor.

Egyptian guide explaining the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

Tour guide in Luxor

Egyptian guide explaining the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor.

No entry sign inside a temple in Luxor

Luxor no entry sign

No entry sign inside a temple in Luxor.

Alabaster workshop  in Luxor. The use of alabaster dates back from the Pharaonic eras

Alabaster factory

Alabaster workshop in Luxor. The use of alabaster dates back from the Pharaonic eras.

House with Islamic related paintings depicting Mecca in Saudi Arabia. We can also read the word ALLAH (God) written in Arabic

House in Luxor

House with Islamic related paintings depicting Mecca in Saudi Arabia. We can also read the word ALLAH (God) written in Arabic.

View of the Valley of the Kings and Deir al Bahri

Valley of the Kings

View of the Valley of the Kings and Deir al Bahri seen from above.

Cruise ships in Nile River

Luxor Cruise ships

Cruise ships anchored on the Nile River.

Valley of the Queens in Luxor

Valley of the Queens in Luxor

Typical Architecture in Luxor

Luxor Architecture

Typical Architecture in Luxor.

Luxor Railway Station in the East bank

Luxor Railway Station

Luxor Railway Station in the East bank.

Boat crossing over the Nile river

Boat crossing over the Nile river

Luxor city center on the East Bank

Luxor city center

Luxor city center on the East Bank.

Traditional House in Luxor

House in Luxor

Traditional House in Luxor.

Felucca boats in Luxor harbor

Luxor harbor

Felucca boats in Luxor harbor – Nile River.

Street and temple entrance in Luxor's West Bank

Luxor street scene

Street and temple entrance in Luxor’s West Bank.

Karnak Temple and palm tree in Luxor

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple and palm tree in Luxor.

Wall carvings depicting an ancient Egyptian ceremony in Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

Wall carvings depicting an ancient Egyptian ceremony in Karnak Temple.

Statue inside Luxor Karnak temple

Karnak temple

Statue inside Luxor Karnak temple.

Decorated stone columns  with hieroglyphs at the Karnak temple

Karnak temple

Decorated stone columns with hieroglyphs at the Karnak temple.

Egyptian man with traditional clothes in Luxor

Egyptian man

Egyptian man with traditional clothes in Luxor.

Felucca boat on the Nile river in Luxor

Felucca boat on the Nile

Felucca boat on the Nile river in Luxor.

People working on the plantations of the West Bank of Luxor

Plantations in the West Bank

People working on the plantations of the West Bank of Luxor.

Egyptian woman guide explaining the Temple Complex of Karnak in Thebes

Egyptian woman tour guide

Egyptian woman guide explaining the Temple Complex of Karnak in Thebes.

Columns inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

Temple of Hatshepsut

Columns inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor.

Deir Bahri tombs in Luxor's West Bank

Deir al Bahri

Deir al Bahri tombs in Luxor’s West Bank.

Row of goat sphinxes at the temple of Karnak

Temple of Karnak

Row of goat sphinxes at the temple of Karnak.

Luxor river side Corniche

Luxor Corniche

Luxor river side Corniche.

Tourists inside Luxor Temple by night

Luxor Temple

Tourists inside Luxor Temple by night.

Hathor, an ancient Egyptian goddess represented as Cow in Hatshepsut Temple

Hatshepsut Temple

Hathor, an ancient Egyptian goddess represented as Cow in Hatshepsut Temple.

Alabaster Factory painted wall in Luxor's West Bank

Alabaster Factory in Luxor

Alabaster Factory painted wall in Luxor’s West Bank.

Beautiful night view of the Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

Beautiful night view of the Luxor Temple.

Village in the region of Luxor seen from above

Village near Luxor

Village in the region of Luxor seen from above.

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Cool pics! Egypt is such an amazing country, can’t wait to go there!
Tara

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A huge informative & big post, & these Images are just awesome, seeing it better feeling than reading. ๐Ÿ˜€

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WOW WOW WOW dreaming of visiting this place already!!!

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I enjoy the diversity of subjects in your photography. You really help give a deeper sense of place by including attractive photography of the grand and the more mundane.

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hey there! thank you for your comment. Indeed, I try to depict different aspects of normal life of places. I’m glad you enjoyed my images. Have a nice day.

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I’ve been to Luxor twice, such a great place! So much history and always something to do and explore!

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Indeed Luxor is an amazing place! I’m glad you also like it Chloe! Cheers!

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nice one…

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Thank you for your comment.

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Amazing to see these monuments that are over 4,000 years old, especially when you consider how much the world has changed in just the past 100 years! Hoping to make it to Karnak one day as well as Angkor Wat, the second and first largest ancient religious sites in the world respectively.

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Nice clicks. Our world is really magical

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Indeed! thank you very much for stopping by Kriste!

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Wonderful place full with history. I really recommend Luxor to all travelers that are planning to visit Egypt.

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I went to Luxor a while ago as part of a cruise so didn’t get much chance to explore the city beyond the key sites. But how breathtakingly beautiful. It’s hard not to imagine it thousands of years ago when you can still see the colours on the hieroglyphs. Amazing place.

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Gorgeous photos! I love that a beautiful history is so integrated with the culture in Egypt – you can just turn a corner and there is something ancient and beautiful waiting for you. Thanks so much for sharing these.

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I love historical places and again another more amazing article on this blog.
Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for your comment Aijika. I appreciate you enjoy reading my blog.

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Tony the Traveller
February 20, 2015 3:12 am

Brings back wonderful memories of my travelling to Egypt some 20 years ago !
but still so strong in my mind
Shame the country is in such turmoil and that most people only ever visit the Beach resorts these days
great blog

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Hello Tony thanks for commenting. YES this is some remarkable county right? Like you say it’s a pity that things are not going well – mostly also by our (the West) sick politics towards the region. The Sinai and those beaches in the Red Sea are also nice to visit. I would love to do some diving there, it seems it is one of the best diving spots in the world. How was Egypt 20 years ago? I was there back in 2008 so not that much. Big hug all the way from Morocco!

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Geat Photos! I like this from the air. Did you do it from the balloon?

Thanks
Julius

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Hey Julius! Yes I made some of these beautiful images while on a hot balloon ride over Luxor. Amazing experience. Thanks for your comment.

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Pedro de Carvalho
February 2, 2015 11:50 am

So beautiful. I want to go to Luxor this year.

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HEY Pedro well for sure you can go to the Temple of Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahari, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, as you can visit it here in Ouarzazate! You just have to go to Studio Atlas and it’s there! Have fun and thank you for your comment.

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