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Yes, indeed it is the greatest open-air museum in the world. And so it was even two thousand years ago when it was known as Thebes. The Greeks gave this name when they visited this area. The more ancient part of the town is still called Thebes.

Romans came to Luxor thereafter. Explorers from both these ancient civilizations were thrilled to see these magnificent temples with huge statues. That also makes Luxor the world’s oldest tourist destination. The centuries of decaying process and the desert winds blowing over these monuments have made them more appealing and more mysterious.

Today’s Luxor

Although the structural stability of Luxor monuments have gradually deteriorated, the Luxor area has considerably developed. Instead of camel-skin primitive tents travelers can now stay in comfortable hotels. Plenty of these – both luxurious and modest – have come up here.  Tourism is now a flourishing industry in Luxor.

 

Luxor comprises of three different areas. The city is by the riverside. The smaller town Karnak is on the north of Luxor. Thebes, just across the Nile, is the ancient human settlement around which Luxor was built later.

Luxor is a lively town and its crowded streets are full of activities. Drivers of taxis and horse-drawn carriages vie with each other to get a customer. Shop owners cry aloud selling their stuff, tour guides trying to persuade potential clients for showing historical places. These street scenes are sometimes as enjoyable as visiting an old monument.

Tourist attractions

The ancient inhabitants of the land of pyramids were obsessed with death. Or, perhaps they didn’t know what death actually was. They believed that the dead would come alive again. The very few who could afford it preserved their dead by an expensive and complicated embalming process and building enormous pyramids in stone in an area where no stone could be found.

Luxor’s Mummification Museum has plenty of exhibits that may satisfy your curiosity about the mummies and the process of mummification.

The other museum worth a visit is the Luxor Museum. It has many relics retrieved from the temples of Thebes and various necropolises around the area.

Let’s leave behind the morbid topics of dead bodies and graveyards and move on to the divinity of Luxor’s primordial temple located in the downtown. It is so sprawling and huge that you need a few days to complete the tour. The best way to come here is on foot. It is within comfortable walking distance if your hotel is either in the city center where most hotels are, or if you are staying in a houseboat on the Nile.

The Luxor Temple was built over a palace dedicated to the King of Gods. An avenue with a row of Sphinx statues linked this temple to the other massive temple known as Karnak. Most of these statues have since perished.

Shopping

Luxor’s markets – or souk as the locals call these – and tourist bazaars offer specialties like scarves, carpets, spices and varieties of local souvenirs. Don’t feel shy to haggle. Sellers would doubt your sanity if you buy without bargaining! Blog sobre ropa de Shein, Primark y Amazon

Restaurants

Local cuisine is simply delicious. Local specialties are kabab, and kofta , favorite snaks made with lamb or goat meat and beef.

Nightlife

Being predominantly an Islamic country, there aren’t many bars in the town. Metropolitan Café is the only English pub. Have an enjoying evening at the Metropolitan and spend your other evenings watching breathtaking son et lumiere show at the Luxor Temple.

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