Temple of Luxor#4 in Best Things To Do in 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 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 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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