Deir el-Bahri – temple of Hatshepsut

Opposite the city of Luxor, on the western bank of the river Nile lies the site of Deir el-Bahri, which translates as “Northern Monastery”. Separated from the tombs in the Valley of the Kings only by the mountain ridge stretching to the east from Al-Qurn, Deir el-Bahri is another famous complex of mortuary temples and […]

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Medinet Habu – temple of Ramses III

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006.  The mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, built in New Kingdom times on the western bank of the Nile close to Luxor, is a well preserved temple, set within an almost rectangular mudbrick enclosure with a pylon from Ptolemaic times. The […]

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The temple of Luxor

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006.  The main archeological attraction of Luxor is the temple of Amun, Mut, and Chons. This temple from the 14th century BC went through major expansions under Ramses II and a restoration by Alexander the Great. Later it fell into disrepair and still in […]

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Karnak – precinct of Amon-Re

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006.  The temple complex of Karnak near Luxor is certainly the largest and one of the most impressive in all of Egypt. After construction began in the 16th century BC, around 30 different pharaos expanded the site and left their marks in later centuries. […]

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The river Nile – from Luxor to Aswan

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006.  Without the Nile river there would be no Egypt. At least not the Egypt we know today, with its rich history and magnificent monuments of the ancient past. With its yearly summer floods as a source of water and fertile soil, the river […]

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Edfu – temple of Horus

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006.  The large and impressive Ptolemaic temple of Horus at Edfu is one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt – the term ‘ruin’ would certainly be ill-chosen. Therefore it gives the most complete image of a typical Egyptian temple complex. It […]

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