10 landmarks of Luxor

I continue my trip to Egypt and come to see the historic landmarks of Luxor. We leave Hurghada at 5 o'clock in the morning to be able to enter Luxor about 9 o'clock. Traveling through the desert is not the most enjoyable, even more every 10 km to stop at military checkpoints. It's getting fast, but it's annoying to have you lying down policemen.

The roads are pretty, almost like our highways. We enter the city of Thebes (so called Luxor in the past) from the east. The road narrows and traffic jams begin. Another hour by bus and arriving at the Karnak temple complex. He wrapped us in a blue fog and steamy smoke. It turns out that there is an oil refinery nearby. We are entering the first stone gate - it is huge. Actually, I will not go into detail about the Karnak Temple, but the size of the construction is colossal.

Simple mortals were forbidden to enter. They have left their gifts to the gods only at the beginning of the temple. The rich Egyptians, who also donated gifts to the gods, were a little more inward. In the whole complex were only Pharaoh and his family, and the priests. Honestly to tell you the statues of the gods are huge, the columns also (over 20 meters).

I was impressed by the scale of the construction. There are well-preserved two obelisks. How they are carried and lifted - I have no idea. I could not do anything but the few I saw was enough. Outside of the tourist walk with the explanations of the guide I had exactly 25 minutes of free time. I wanted to see as much as possible and take pictures. Bookmark and Share

Landmarks of Luxor photogallery

The best landmarks of Luxor

At times I ran from one place to another . Our next stop in our one-day voyage is on the opposite side of the Nile. The Colossi of Memnon are two massive statues located on the road to the queen's valley. In fact, this is a whole alley of statues of a similar size, but only these are preserved. Near this place lies the Valley of the Kings. The pharaohs of the New Kingdom are buried here. With my ticket, I have the right to enter three tombs. What exactly is the tomb ?

Imagine a tunnel of rectangular shape and a length of about 100 meters. At the end of the tunnel was the pharaoh's sarcophagus. As you walk through the tunnel along the walls, there are many well-kept inscriptions and colorful drawings. You can even touch them, which is unacceptable of course. In fact, almost everywhere I go, you can touch the exhibits, which in other countries is absolutely forbidden. Shooting in the Valley of the Kings is forbidden unless you pay $ 17 to date. Another stop of our trip to Luxor's historical sites is the temple of the only female Pharaoh Hatshepsut.

Unique temple against the background of the rocks around. Again, inscriptions and drawings all over the walls that are touched by tourists. To tell you honestly there are security guards, but they do not give much protection to keep. They sit with their automatic guns in chairs in a shady corner and watch their phones. Meanwhile, Egyptians constantly bother you with their "one dollar".

A rough mistake is to give someone local to shoot you with your phone or camera. There are also teenage Egyptians who want to take pictures of you because we are Europeans and we are interesting to them. At the exits of most historic sites there are souvenir shops and annoying merchants who do not leave you alone. They are very inventive, but we were told to go and not stop to let us. Let me write about ticket prices.

Between 150 and 200 Egyptian pounds is the entrance to an object. And the other thing that impressed me is that the charge for these items to the Egyptians is different (lower naturally). And the last thing I want to share about Luxor's historical sights is that the Egyptians do not know what wealth they have. There are a lot of gaps in the organization of the visits and the maintenance of this. I do not know why they do not, so they would win a lot more.

eXTReMe Tracker