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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple, also known as the Temple of Amun, is an Egyptian temple located on the east bank of the Nile in the city of Luxor, Upper Egypt. The temple was built during the reigns of Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramses II, between the 14th and 13th centuries BC.

The temple is dedicated to the god Amun and his wife, the goddess Mut, and their son, the god Khonsu. It is considered to be one of the largest and most impressive temples in ancient Egypt, and is particularly well known for its massive columns, obelisks and statues of pharaohs.

Interior of Luxor Temple
Interior of Luxor Temple

The temple consists of several parts, including a large courtyard, a hypostyle hall with 32 massive columns, a sanctuary, and a chapel. The temple has also undergone several modifications and additions over the centuries, with additions such as the courtyard of Rameses II and an avenue of sphinxes leading to Karnak Temple, which is located about 3 kilometres to the north.

Luxor Temple is a popular tourist site in Egypt, and is considered one of the best preserved temples in ancient Egypt. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

How do I get to the temple from Luxor city?

Luxor Temple is located in the city of Luxor, on the eastern bank of the Nile. If you are staying in Luxor City, you can easily get to the temple on foot or by taxi. It is located about 2 kilometres south of Luxor city centre, near the Nile ledge.

If you wish to take public transport, you can take a minibus from the Luxor bus station. Minibuses to Karnak usually also stop at Luxor Temple. Just make sure to confirm with the driver before boarding.

Another option is to take a felucca, a small traditional wooden boat, across the Nile from the west bank of Luxor. This can be a scenic and enjoyable way to get to the temple, especially at sunset when the views of the temple from the river are spectacular.