Luxor

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About Luxor

Luxor (in Arabic: الأقصر al-Uqṣur) is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. Its population numbers 376,022 (1999 survey), and its area is about 416 square kilometres (161 sq mi). As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Thousands of international tourists arrive each year to visit these monuments, and their presence represents a large part of the economic basis for the modern city. As a result, Luxor represents an excellent base for touring Upper Egypt, and is a popular holiday destination, both in its own right and as a starting or finishing point for Nile cruises .

Photos from Luxor

These photos are courtesy of Han.

Luxor Attractions

Luxor Airport

Luxor is well known tourist destination and welcomes 2.4 million passengers yearly. Luxor ranks fourth amongst the Egyptian airports and covers a surface area of 300 ha.

Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum is located in the Egyptian city of Luxor (ancient Thebes). It stands on the corniche, overlooking the River Nile, in the central part of the city.

Luxor Web Sources

Digital Karnak

The Digital Karnak Project aims to make the site of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the English-speaking world.

Luxor Official Website

This is the official Egyptian government website about the city of Luxor. The site contains information about attractions in the west and east side of the city. Overall, the site is a little bit dated, but still has relevant information.

Luxor-Sacred Destinations

Sacred Destinations was founded in April 2005. It currently profiles more than 1,100 sacred sites and religious places in 55 countries, illustrated by over 20,000 photos. It is an ecumenical guide, encompassing the sacred places of a wide variety of faiths.

Luxor-Tour Egypt

Luxor has often been called the worlds greatest open air museum, as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that know of.

Luxor4U

Luxor4U is a site dedicated to Luxor, Egypt. The site has the goal of providing information for planning and booking your holiday, finding accommodations and
places to eat or even living in Luxor, Egypt.

Theban Mapping Project

Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. With its thousands of tombs and temples, Thebes is one of the world's most important archaeological zones.

Recommended Books and Multimedia About Luxor