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Though additions to the Temple of Luxor were made by many of Egypt's pharaohs (Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Hatshepsut, to name a few), the bulk of this ancient structure was created in the 14th century B.C. during the reigns of Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Notable features of this historic structure include an obelisk, hieroglyphs and an avenue lined with sphinxes. A second obelisk originally from the temple now resides in Paris at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées.

Recent travelers said the Temple of Luxor is one of the city's must-see attractions. Though parts of the temple are closed for renovations, visitors say the site is impressive. Travelers suggest checking out the Temple of Luxor before exploring the Karnak Temple Complex, since the latter is a described as larger and more profound. And if you visit during the summer, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. You can also wander the temple at night. A sound and light show is offered at the property for an additional fee, but several visitors recommend skipping the show in favor of viewing the lights for free from the surrounding streets.

The Temple of Luxor sits about a mile north of central Luxor and less than a mile southwest of the Luxor Museum on the East Bank of the Nile River. Travelers can reach the temple by bike, car or taxi. Several Egyptian tour operators, including Memphis Tours and Love Egypt Tours, offer excursions to and from the attraction. The property is open May to September from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, while extended hours are offered every day between October and April. Entrance fees for the temple cost 60 Egyptian pounds (or roughly $7) for adults and 30 Egyptian pounds ($3) for students with an international student ID. An additional charge of 20 Egyptian pounds (about $2) applies for visitors with camera tripods. And remember to bring extra cash if you plan on attending the evening sound and light show or purchasing snacks and souvenirs at shops by the temple.

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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 ... Read more » Apexphotos / Getty Images

#2 Valley of the Kings As its name suggests, the Valley of the Kings is where dozens of pharaohs were laid to rest. In fact, you'll find 63 royal tombs here, including notable pharaohs ... Read more » Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

#3 Karnak Temple Complex If you're in search of Luxor's largest (and most impressive) collection of temple ruins, look no further than the Karnak Temple Complex. Located about 2 miles northeast of ... Read more » zbg2 / Getty Images

#4 Temple of Luxor Though additions to the Temple of Luxor were made by many of Egypt's pharaohs (Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Hatshepsut, to name a few), the bulk of this ancient structure was ... Read more » Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

#5 Colossi of Memnon Before heading to popular attractions like the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, stop at the Colossi of Memnon. This pair of statues, which stand about 59 ... Read more » donvictorio / Getty Images

#6 Medinet Habu 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 ... Read more » WitR / Getty Images

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#8 Valley of the Queens The Valley of the Queens is home to more than 75 royal tombs. You'll find an array of queens, princesses and princes buried here, and one of Egypt's ... Read more » geoleo / Getty Images

#9 Luxor Museum For a glimpse at Old and New Kingdom artifacts found in and around Luxor, check out the Luxor Museum. Historic treasures housed in this museum include a statue of Tuthmosis ... Read more » DAJ / Getty Images

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One of Egypt's most famous female pharaohs was Hatshepsut, who is immortalized at the colossal Temple of Hatshepsut. Apexphotos / Getty Images

At the base of the Theban Mountains, you'll find the Valley of the Kings, where notable rulers like King Tut and Ramses VI were laid to rest. Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

Luxor's largest collection of ancient Egyptian ruins are located at the Karnak Temple Complex, which overlooks the Nile's East Bank. zbg2 / Getty Images

Sphinxes, hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian ruins are just some of the photo-worthy sights you'll find at the Temple of Luxor. Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

For a larger-than-life view of ancient Egyptian statues, visit the 59-foot Colossi of Memnon on the city's West Bank. donvictorio / Getty Images

Medinet Habu, which sits near the Valley of the Artisans and the Colossi of Memnon, features one of the city's most impressive temples without all the crowds found at other sights. WitR / Getty Images

If you're interested in learning more about the workers who constructed the tombs found in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, check out the Valley of the Artisans' tombs and ruins. quintanilla / Getty Images

More than 75 tombs with colorful artwork lie within the Theban Mountains' Valley of the Queens. geoleo / Getty Images

Everything from royal mummies to items buried with King Tut are on display in the Luxor Museum. DAJ / Getty Images

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