Luxor is one of the most fascinating touristic destinations in Egypt. Established thousands of years ago.
Thebes, as the ancient Greek used to call it, became the capital of Egypt during the flourishing era of the New Kingdom of the Pharaohs.
Today is included in various travel packages to Egypt for its startling historical sites.
Thebes, during the reign of the Pharaohs, was divided into two sections.
The first is the East Bank of the River Nile, the city of the living. This was where all daily life commercial and social activities took place.
The other section is the West Bank of the River Nile in which mortuary rituals occurred.
This was also where the ancient Egyptian buried their deceased. A visit to both the West Bank and the East Bank of Luxor is common in many classical tours to Egypt.
The History of Luxor
People used to live in an area where is located thousands of years in the past. During the Stone Ages, civilizations like Naqada flourished near Luxor.
At the beginning of the dynastic period in ancient Egypt, was named the fourth province of Upper Egypt with 4 major villages.
Many tourists who spend their vacations in Egypt are attracted to Luxor due to its breathtaking ancient historical sites.
Around the Middle of the 25th century BC, Thebes was established as a primitive village with some huts and it was used as a burial site later on.
During the ruling period of the 11th dynasty of ancient Egypt, around the end of the 20th century BC, Thebes became the capital of Egypt by King Amenhotep I who ended the messy circumstances during the First Intermediate Period.
Thebes remained as the capital of Egypt for more than 17 centuries.
The greatest periods of glory were during the period of the New Kingdom when Thebes became the cult of the worship of the God Amun, the king of gods.
This period witnessed the construction of astonishing monuments like the Karnak Temple, the Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Several tours to Egypt include visits to enable tourists to explore such amazing monuments.
When the Moslems took control of Egypt in the 7th century AD, named Thebes, Luxor, due to a large number of huge establishments and monuments. The word Luxor, in the Arabic language, means several palaces.
The Location of Luxor
Generally, is located in the south of Egypt around 700 kilometers away from Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
Luxor is situated 220 kilometers to the North of Aswan and around 300 kilometers to the South West of Hurghada, making it a wonderful destination for one-day trips for tourists enjoying their vacations in Egypt.
There are several direct flights to Luxor from various Egyptian cities and international flights as well.
The Weather of Luxor
Featured with its rather hot weather during the summer season, the best time to visit Luxor is in the period from September to March.
While other cities around the world would be suffering cold and chilly weather, Luxor is famous for its sunny warming atmosphere.
This feature encourages numerous tourists to spend their holidays in Egypt in the Autumn and Winter seasons.
The City Today
Luxor is among the most popular touristic destinations in Egypt today.
Hundreds of tourists, enjoying their holidays in Egypt, visit Luxor every day. In the morning tourists would explore various monuments or enjoy swimming in the pools of their hotels or Nile Cruises.
At night, they would go shopping, riding Hantour, the traditional horse carriages of Egypt, or go dining, clubbing, or enjoying their times in this magnificent city.
During the past few years, Nile cruises between Luxor and Aswan, and vice versa became quite popular among tourists who travel to Egypt.
Nile cruise ships offer comprehensive visits’ programs to all the highlights located in Luxor, Aswan, and between the two cities.
They also offer luxurious facilities and services. This is in addition to a wonderful entertainment program for the guests in the evening.