Luxor en Thebe
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There are 2 places most tourists will see in Egypt: the piramids of Gizeh and Luxor. On the evening of 17 june our boat reached Luxor. The next day very early (6.00 PM) we were heading on Luxor to see several things. Luxor is build on the ruïnes of the ancient town Thebes. Actually now officially left of the Nile is Thebes, right form the Nile is the (new) place Luxor with Karnak and Luxor temple. First we did go to Thebes to visit 3 things: Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatsjepoet and Memnon. When the new Egyptian empire rised about 1500BC Thebes became the capital. King Toetmozes new that the graves in the piramides constantly have been robbed, and tried to prevent that by crating the Valley of the Kings.
After visiting the Valley of the Kings we went to the temple of Hasjepoet in Deir al-Bahri. Queen Hatsjepoet (1508BC-1458BC) was a female pharao in the 18th Dynasty, daughter of pharao Toetmozes I who married her halfbrother Toetmozes II and became ruler after her husband died.
Riding back to Luxor we visited the colossus of Memnon. Originally these huge statues were garding Amenhotep's temple.
In the afternoon we visited the temple of Karnak. After the piramids of Gizeh this is the most important monument of Egypt. Karnak is a complex of 40 hectares which is build in a period of 1300 years (from 1600BC till 300BC). It contains many temples as the temple Chonsoe and Oepet, the temple of Moet and the temple of Montoe.
After that we decided to visit a cool spot in the museum in Luxor. This museum is surprisingly professional, with great statues put with great taste in this museum. Highlight for me were the royal mummie's of the 2 pharaohs Ahmose I and Ramses I.
One day is absolutely not enough to visit Luxor. We did not visit Luxor temple. Also a bicycle tour through the city we could not take. If you go to Luxor: plan to see at least 2 or 3 days to visit everything.