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Nile River view from hotel room

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Luxor was an important site during the Early New Kingdom 1570-1300 B.C. The Valley of the Kings is where there are numerous tombs of kings.  We visited several tombs including Ramses III and IV.  This valley is in the shape of a pyramid, so the kings were buried here.  All of their tombs were robbed over the ages except for that of King Tut.  He was not an important king, but so far his was the only tomb found intact with its mummy and treasures. 

Next on to the Temple of Hatshepsut who was a woman who said she was transformed into a man and ruled as king.  Her son in law was her successor and he destroyed most of the monuments she built. 

On to the Karnak Temple where Gods were worshipped and there is amazing architecture including many sphinx and ornate columns.  This structure was built over 2000 years.

Nile River view from hotel
  Each king added on and expanded it.  King Ramses II who ruled for over 60 years wrote his name over everything there. 

On to Luxor Temple.  This temple has changed over the ages and has ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim parts. 

Our guide then we went with us on a horse drawn carriage ride through the real town of Luxor, not the tourist area.  We saw how the people really lived.  This is much better than in Cairo but still unpaved streets and poor.  We went to a local’s café and had sodas and smoked a water pipe.  This was quite an experience.

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Nile River view from hotel room
Nile River view from hotel room
Nile River view from hotel
Nile River view from hotel
Tombs of kings
Tombs of kings
Tomb of a king
Tomb of a king
Excavation of new tombs
Excavation of new tombs
Driving through Luxor
Driving through Luxor
Driving through Luxor
Driving through Luxor
Tombs
Tombs
Strange tourists
Strange tourists
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory
Alabaster Factory items
Alabaster Factory items
Cafe in Luxor
Cafe in Luxor
tobacco pipe
tobacco pipe
Smoking tobacco in cafe
Smoking tobacco in cafe
Smoking tobacco in cafe
Smoking tobacco in cafe
Carrage ride through Luxor
Carrage ride through Luxor
Sunset in Luxor
Sunset in Luxor
Egyptian Wine
Egyptian Wine
Luxor
photo by: LadyMaja