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Although I have learned pieces of Egyptian history at school not much remained in my memory. When I stayed in pyramid-shaped Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas I did not even remember where its name comes from. Pyramids of Giza –yes, but Luxor? I was so fortunate that couple of years later I could see Luxor for myself. I did expect a reasonably sized ancient site like Forum Romanum or Acropolis so I was really overwhelmed by what I experienced over there. No wonder Luxor is sometimes called the world’s greatest open air museum. Most people who had the chance to see both the Pyramids of Giza and Luxor indicate the latter as the most spectacular experience in Egypt. I would say you should see both.

Unfortunately I cannot really show you how spectacular this place is. Again I was part of an organized tour. I guess it had some benefits as I was taken straight to the most important sights saving a lot of time. On the other hand I did not have much freedom. For example when we arrived at the Luxor Temple it was exactly blue hour. So obviously I wanted to take some pictures. But then the guide said: Ladies and Gentlemen there will be time for taking photos later, now listen to what I am going to tell you about the history of this place... You can imagine that the lecture on the history lasted longer than the blue hour and my opportunity has passed.

We have spent just two full days in Luxor. This is like having two days in Rome or Paris. You can get an idea and rush through the most important sights but it is just not enough.

This photo was taken on the grounds of the Luxor Temple.

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. , Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern sanctuary", the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.

By the way: the obelisk which is standing today in the middle of Place de la Concorde in Paris was once standing before the entrance to the Luxor Temple.

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