Medinet Habu picture
WitR/Getty Images

Key Info

Medinet Habu

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Though this collection of temples isn't as well known as the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu stands out because of its massive funerary temple. Built by King Ramses III to honor Amon-Re, one of Egypt's most popular gods, the property's largest temple features reliefs that depict the king winning various wars. A smaller temple, a chapel and the two-story Syrian Gate are also housed within Medinet Habu's walls.

If you're interested in soaking up local history but don't want to deal with hordes of tourists, past visitors recommend checking out Medinet Habu. This lesser-known temple complex offers more breathing room, meaning you won't have to rub elbows with others to catch a glimpse of the site's hieroglyphs. Several travelers also noted how well-preserved this property is compared to others in the area.

Travelers can get to Medinet Habu by bicycle, car, taxi or tour bus. Like many things to do in Luxor, free parking is provided on-site. Restaurants, shops and restrooms are also available near the property's parking lot. The attraction, which sits less than a mile away from the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Artisans, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. To go inside, visitors will need to purchase tickets. Adult tickets cost 40 Egyptian pounds (about $5) each, and student admission costs 20 Egyptian pounds (or $2).

See all Hotels in Luxor »

More Best Things To Do in Luxor

Temple of Hatshepsut
Valley of the Kings
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 8
#1 Temple of Hatshepsut

Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its grand architecture and jaw-dropping landscape. Situated at the base of limestone cliffs in Deir el-Bahri, this funerary temple features three tiers of porticos with statues, pillars and hieroglyphs. You'll also find two chapels inside, plus two ramps that connect the lower terrace to the upper terrace.

Although some elements of this historic structure were damaged from vandalism, many past travelers said this sight is well-preserved and worthy of a visit. To avoid the region's notoriously high temperatures, plan on arriving at opening or just before close. And remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking at this attraction.

Read more
Apexphotos/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Luxor »

Explore More of Luxor

Recommended

The 15 Best Charleston Tours

See everything this historic South Carolina city has to offer on one of these guided excursions.

John RodwanJune 19, 2019

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019