Luxor the World’s greatest open air Museum – Egypt

Updated May 6, 2018 / João Leitão / Filed in:
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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