Columns in the burning sun
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March 25th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
We had spend the night on the train from Cairo to Luxor. Here we would stay for two days. Our hotel in Luxor we had booked yesterday, while in Cairo. I hadn't slept much, and so far the entire trip was great, but exhausting. Luxor has a lot to offer, so we distributed its sights over our two days. Today the east bank of the Nile, tomorrow the west bank.
In the morning, while the sun was not at its hottest, we took a taxi to the Karnak temple compex.
Consider just the entrance: you enter by a road with rows of sphinxes on your sides. This road used to continue for a few miles, all the way to the Luxor temple. Then you pass the entrance between two massive walls, and step into a hall of 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. These columns are 10 meters tall, except for the columns in the middle, which are 21 meters tall and have a diameter of over three meters. The columns are largely (and used to be totally) covered with hieroglyphs.
Thats just the beginning! Walking Karnak front to back is about half a mile, and changes every hundred meters or so.
Alright. Now. There is another temple in Luxor, as I mentioned. The Luxor temple, hehehe. Which is not as big as Karnak, but big enough to spend an entire afternoon in. Expecially its entrance is a very nice one, with huge statues greeting you as you pass by. At the backside of the Luxor temple, you can find roman mosaics. The byzantines had build a church on top of the ruins of the Luxor temple. At night, the pillars and the entrance are brightly lit from the ground. Also, there was a egyptian boasting to me that he was married to multiple women.
We ended the day along the mighty Nile. Enjoying an excellent meal and watching the sun set. A Nile sunset, with those typical egyptian boats drifting by. Beautiful. The sun disappeared behind the hills of the west bank, our next destination...
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