Present day Luxor is the ancient great city of Thebes, capital of Egyptian empire for almost a thousand years.
The pharaohs accumulated incredible riches there. The only witness to its proud past is the temple erected to the glory of Amon-Ra, 260m long and built by two pharaohs, Amenaphis III and Ramses II.
The best preserved temple in Egypt , dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, stands in what is now the city of Edfu, this is where the majestic grey granite statue of Horus, wearing the double crown of upper and lower Egypt, is to be found.
About 3km from Luxor the vast monumental zone of karnak stretches out with its famous hypostyle hall of 134 columns 23m tall, the temple of Amon is the largest columned temple in the world.
QUEEN HATSHPSUT TEMPLE
The revolutionary concept in building the temple of Deir el-Bahri (temple of queen hatshpsut), makes it a unique example of Egyptian architecture. The temple consists of a series of vast terraces which, by means of ramps, moved up to sanctuary.
Aswan the ancient syene, stretches out along the right banks of the Nile. This is where the valley of the Nile and Egypt ends and Nubia with its stretches of desert sands begins.
ABU SIMBEL TEMPLE
The temple of Abu Simbel was the most imposing construction of the greatest pharaoh in Egyptian history, Ramses II , who had it carved directly into the rocky mass of the mountain. The façade 31m high consists of four colossal statues of the seated Ramses II. The magni!cent Nile in Aswan