Luxor is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the “world’s greatest open air museum”, the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Thousands of international tourists arrive each year to visit these monuments, their presence forming a large part of the economic basis for the modern city. As a result, Luxor represents an excellent base for touring Upper Egypt, and is a popular holiday destination, both in its own right and as a starting or finishing point for Nile cruises.
Sights of modern-day Luxor
- East Bank.
- Luxor Temple.
- Luxor International Airport.
- Karnak Temple.
- Luxor Museum.
- Mummification Museum.
- West Bank.
- Valley of the Kings.
- Valley of the Queens.
- Medinet Habu (memorial temple of Ramesses III).
- The Ramesseum (memorial temple of Ramesses II).
- Deir al-Madinah (workers’ village).
- Tombs of the Nobles.
- Deir el-Bahri (temple of Hatshepsut, etc.).
- Malkata (palace of Amenophis III).
- Colossi of Memnon (memorial temple of Amenophis III).