Sights & Landmarks

Sights & Landmarks in Luxor

Luxor, West Bank

  • the Colossi of Memnon, free admission, view from the roadside

Medinet Habu

  • Medinet Habu (the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III), admission LE 20 - theMortuary Temple of Ramesses III

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Queens

  • the Tomb of Nefertari
  • the Tomb of Amunhirkhepeshef

Deir el Medineh

admission LE25

  • the Workmens' Village
    • the Tomb of Inherka
    • the Tomb of Senedjem
    • the Tomb of Peshedu
  • the Ptolemaic Temple


  • the Ramesseum - the common name given to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II(the Great). The site of the Ramesseum includes the fallen colossal statue of the pharaoh that inspired the sonnetOzymandias by Shelley, now the focus of a major restoration project. Originally 17 m (69 ft) high, the statue weighs in excess of 1000 tons and was transported from Aswan in a single block. The pylons of the temple preserve depictions of the famed Battle of Qadesh waged by Egyptian forces under Ramesses II against the Hittite Empire, the city of Qadesh lying in central Syria, then the contested boundary between the two great ancient empires. Behind the pylons, where visitors now enter the temple, the Second Court features a portico fronted by massive statues of Ramesses II in the form of Osiris, the god of the underworld. A hypostyle hall occupies the centre of the temple, featuring a well-preserved and painted ceiling. The stone-built temple buildings are surrounded byb the remains of a mud-brick royal palace and storage magazines.
  • the Mortuary Temple of Merneptah,admission LE 10 - found immediately adjacent to the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Merneptah (the 13th son and eventual successor to the long-lived Ramesses II) was re-opened in 2002 as a new attraction after the careful and effective reconstruction of the temple foundations and lower courses by a Swiss archaeological team. (The temple was first excavated by the famous English Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie in 1904 and was the scene of his discovery of the so-called Israel Stela, featuring the earliest recorded mention of Israel in ancient sources, now to be seen in Cairo's Egyptian Museum). Although not featuring the inscribed wall reliefs and towering columns associated with many Egyptian temples, the Merneptah temple nonetheless now provides an unsurpassed impression of the layout of a 19th dynasty funerary temple with many interesting architectural details. A small partly-subterranean museum is also to be found on site, in which many of the magnificent painted reliefs and sculpture (many usurped by Merneptah from the nearby Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III) are displayed. Sadly neglected by many visitors to the West Bank, the site and museum are nonetheless well worth a visit.
  • the Tombs of Nobles in Qurna / Gurna (Sheikh Abd el-Gurna)
    • the Tombs of Khonsu, Userhat and Benia
    • the Tombs of Menna and Nakht
    • the Tombs of Ramose, Userhat and Khaemhat
    • the Tombs of Sennefer and Rekhmire
    • the Tombs of Neferenpet, Thutmose and Neferskheru
  • Gurna Discovery


  • the Asasif Tombs

Deir el-Bahari

  • Deir el-Bahari, admission LE 30, 15 (student) -
    • the Temple of Hatshepsut -
    • the Temple of Montuhotep II -

Dra Abu el-Naga

  • the Mortuary Temple of Seti I
  • Carter's House - this lonely, domed building - on the hill above the intersection where the main road to the Valley of the Kings meets the road to the Temple of Seti I - represents the house in which Howard Carter lived for the years he spent searching for the tomb of Tutankhamun

Luxor, East Bank

  • Temple of Luxor.Open daily May–September 6AM – 8PM, October–April 6AM-9PM. As it stands today, largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramesses II the Great (whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance). Also to be seen is the small "hanging" Mosque of Abu al-Haggag, its position a reflection of the ground level that had built up before excavation of the temple precinct Admission LE 50, students LE 25.
  • Temple of Karnak. Open daily May–September 6AM-6PM, October–April 6AM-5PM. Another large temple complex Admission LE 65, LE 35 (student).
  • Karnak Open Air Museum. Open 6AM - 5:30PM daily. An off-shoot to the Karnak temple complex, accessed just before the Second Pylon at left, featuring an amazing array of statuary and reconstructed temple structures. Don't miss this! Ticket to be bought from the Karnak ticket office. Entry LE 15, LE 10 (student).

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