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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Luxor Temple | Luxor Egypt Day 1

Luxor Temple

After our visit to the Karnak Temple, we all got back onto the tour bus. We were headed to our cruise ship. I was excited, but a little nervous. I had never been on a cruise ship before, and I had heard that the rooms on such ships were tiny!

As we neared the Nile, we saw a number of cruise ships docked at the side. The Nile looked brilliant - a shimmering blue against the bright cloudless skies. We finally reached our ship - it looked spectacular! It was called the Radamis II.





The Nile River Banks at Luxor


The cruise ship staff unloaded our luggage while the tour group went in for our lunch. We were told that we would visit Luxor immediately after lunch. So I had a quick lunch, and went straight into the room for a quick shower. The shower completely refreshed me. I do not know how the others in my group actually survived the second visit of the day without showering! The room by the way was spacious - so I was very happy. It had large windows with a view of the Nile. I was so loving it!

Luxor Temple is located on the east bank of the River Nile, it was founded in 1400 B.C.E. The temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad Gods of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility.


Luxor Temple


Abu Haggag Mosque
This was built when the temple was completely buried under.
The temple ruins was only discovered much later!


Pharaoh's Enemies Depicted with Hands Bound - Asiatic Enemies


Pharaoh's Enemies Depicted with Hands Bound - African Enemies


Roman mural in an inner chamber


Massive Columns


Pharaoh and his Queen


After the Luxor temple visit, we headed back to the cruise ship. We had dinner, and we retired to our rooms. We were all exhausted!

That was the end of Day One in Egypt!

Glorious Sunset at Luxor Nile River Bank

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