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Medinet Habu

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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).

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#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.

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