Luxor Temple

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Luxor Temple
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It is noted for its massiveness, historical importance, and well-preserved soaring columns.

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Luxor Temple

Entrance Pylon

Two jumbo Rameses II statues stand in front of this imposing gateway, as does a lofty obelisk.


The Inner and the Rameses II courtyards are enclosed by majestic columns.


This processional path links the two courtyards and is impressively flanked by seven giant columns on either side.


32 towering, tightly spaced columns create an awesome scene.

Inner Sanctum

Small shrines and chapels are packed into the far end of Luxor Temple.

Also see the Avenue of the Sphinxes just outside Luxor Temple. It's d ramatically lined with sphinx statues and once reached Karnak Temple.

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History in bri ef

In the 14th century BC, mighty Amenhotep III built a new Luxor Temple over an existing religious structure.

Additions were subsequently made by others, including Alexander the Great.

But it was Rameses II in the 13th century BC who commissioned the greatest changes: The Entrance Pylon and his courtyard.

Eventually Father Time buried the temple and town folk constructed buildings over the hidden wonder.  Archaeological excavations began in the early 19th century.


Explore this wonder both during the day and at night (when the ruins and reliefs are floodlit).

Come in early morning or late afternoon to mitigate the crowd factor and (in summer) the scorching sun.

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