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Luxor

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  • Day8

    Das ''grüne' Ägypten

    January 2, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    ... trotz der aktuellen Sicherheitslage haben wir uns heute Luxor im Landesinneren angesehen...
    - Karnak-Tempel
    - Tal der Könige
    - Hatschepsut- Tempel
    - Nil
    ... und gaaaanz viel wildes Alltagsleben ... und einen Führerschein braucht man hier irgendwie auch nicht 😅...das Chaos regiert sich selbst!

  • Day8

    Part three: Temples of Luxor and Karnak

    May 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    After the Valley of the Kings, we headed back to the boat to rest up and eat as it was very hot - 40 degrees by then. The first stop was the Temple of Luxor, started by by Amenhotep II in 1400BC, and continued by Rameses II. It is an amalgamation of many cultures, with Egyptian, Roman, Muslim and Christian influences. One big feature is the large obelisk on the left as you enter. The identical twin was taken from here, and we have seen it years before - it is at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, apparently a gift by the ruler of Ottoman Egypt in 1833. There is a big statue of king Rameses II here which is very impressive. There is a long avenue of sphinxes leading toward the Temple of Karnak 3km away.

    From Luxor we went to the Temple of Karnak. This is a shrine to Amun-Ra, the supreme god of Egypt, and is a huge area. There is a 3km Avenue towards the Temple of Luxor, and they are in the slow process of restoring it. The avenue of sphinxes here are different, in that instead of a human head on the lion’s body, there is a ram’s head. There is another impressive obelisk here, dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut, who crowned herself Pharoah of upper and lower Egypt. The carving of the hieroglyphs on this is so precise and clear, it could have been laser cut recently! The obelisks are fascinating, in that they are cut in a single block from the ground, horizontally, and lifted into place by a series of sand and mud ramps. Amazing!

    By now ‘twas 43 degrees, and we all, including our guide Hany who is fasting for Ramadan had had enough, and headed back to the delicious airconditioned boat...
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  • Day5

    Karnak Temple - Luxor

    January 6 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Went to the massive Karkak temple in Luxor where we were all running around like crazy trying to get as many photos as possible....the amount of carvings on the wall and how big all the stones are is so impressive

  • Day2

    Hello Egypt

    January 6 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    So this is a long entry. I’m mostly using this app as a personal diary and to let our mums know we are alive. But if you like reading lots - yalla!

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    After a massive number of hours, we have ARRIVED! A brief stopover in Cairo and we have made it to Luxor (locals say it more like Lure-xor).

    We met Medhat, our Egyptian local guide - we remember his name by saying Medicine Hat, and also Michelle. She is from Australia but lives in Cairo.

    As we were driving to our boat, Medhat taught us a few key words in Egyptian Arabic and started to learn all our names! At the moment I’m Gordon mostly - but that’s okay. We glimpsed Luxor temple as we drove on and I think I almost cried. It’s so surreal seeing the real deal! It’s almost strange how the modern city just exists around it. There are buildings, homes, shops literally next door to an ancient temple.

    Our cruise down the Nile started with boarding. There are approximately 10 ships lined up, side by side. To get to our boat (third boat in) you just walk the foyer of boats one and two. Straight through. They mostly line up with each other to create a crooked sort of hallway.

    Lunch. Delicious. Lots of little bits and pieces to enjoy. And then the best shower I’ve ever had. Or maybe after 36+ hours of travel any shower is amazing.

    There aren’t enough words to describe Karnak. I guess that’s why travel is so popular. You can’t describe how you feel walking up to something so overwhelming. It’s not just how big it is, or that it’s ancient or that it’s an incredible engineering feat - especially for an ancient city. We took a short bus trip from our boat to visit.

    I’d either forgotten, or just didn’t know, that Karnak is a bit of a smorgasbord for Egyptian history. It may have been started by Ramses II, but the walls were started (and not finished) by the last Pharaoh ever. Almost like everyone had a little go at adding to Karnak.

    There is something incredible about moving around in a place that had so much life in it. People, real people, spent years here making every single engraving, painting, crafting. And that’s almost eerie but mostly impressive.

    Our highlights:

    - seeing Shishak’s (spelling is 100% wrong) wall. This corroborates the Egyptian part of the story in which the Pharaoh helped Jereboham run away from Rehoboam and gave him shelter. The pharaoh then went and plundered Israel and Judah. One of the kartouches actually says “Megiddo”

    - we couldn’t believe there actually was some COLOUR on some of the hieroglyphs! Mostly it was the pieces that made up the roof, or out of the sun. But it was incredible to imagine the columns covered with bright paint

    - battle of Karnak wall. Classic. Love when Egyptians make themselves giant and then put their enemies in as tiny people underneath the chariot wheels. What a power move.

    - the sacred lake. Talk about a big romantic gesture. Seti I built a lake, in the desert, for his wife Tuya/Tiya. A lake! Apparently they would put little papyrus boats with little candles on the lake and watch them sail. Cuuuuuuttte.

    Dinner. Delirious. Rolled straight into bed. Sleep schedule is working (I think).

    Tomorrow we do Luxor temple and set sail along the Nile!
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  • Day15

    Felucca ride

    February 21 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    She sailed away on a sunny summer day
    On the back of a crocodile
    "You see," said she, "he's as tame as tame can be,
    I'll ride him down the Nile."

    The croc winked his eye as she bade them all goodbye
    Wearing a happy smile
    At the end of the ride, the lady was inside,
    And the smile was on the crocodile!

    At sunset
    I was reminded of Moses on the Nile
    Peaceful sunset and hot tea
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  • Day4

    Luxor

    December 27, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Luxor was our next stop on our Egyptian adventure. Although it took 10 hours by bus to reach the old capital from Cairo there were many things to see once we arrived since Luxor is claimed to hold 1/4 of the world's monuments.

    The Valley of the Kings was the main attraction which is the burial site of many of Egypt's kings. This site was chosen for its mountainous terrain which made it difficult for tomb raiders to access. The most famous pharaoh whose tomb was discovered in 1920 was King Tut. We ventured deep inside his underground tomb where he still lays mummified. It was a pretty amazing experience standing next to the body of King Tut and being in his tomb where they found him adorned with all his valuable possessions and lots of gold ornaments. Unfortunately pictures were not allowed!

    We also visited Hatchepsut Temple made for Egypt's first female pharaoh along with Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. All of these places were equally impressive due to their massive size, carvings, and details that went into creating these temples that were made to honor the ruling King of Egypt at the time they were built since the Kings in Egypt were considered to be descendent of god.

    If it wasn't enough to see Luxor at eye level, we took a hot air balloon ride over this beautiful city to see it from up to!
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  • Day7

    Tempel von Luxor

    December 2, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Der Luxor-Tempel (altägyptisch Ipet-reset) ist eine Tempelanlage im heutigen Luxor in Ägypten. Er wurde zur Zeit des Neuen Reichs errichtet und südlicher Harem des Amun von Karnak genannt. Er war dem Gott Amun, seiner Gemahlin Mut und ihrem gemeinsamen Sohn, dem Mondgott Chons, geweiht.
    An der vermeintlichen Stelle eines Heiligtums aus der 12. Dynastie ließ Amenophis III. durch seinen Baumeister Amenophis (Sohn des Hapu) den heutigen südlichen Teil des Tempels mit Sanktuar, Säulenhalle und dem zweiten Hof errichten. Auch der Säulengang wurde zu seiner Regierungszeit begonnen. Unter Amenophis IV. (Echnaton) wurde der Tempel geschlossen, der Name des Gottes Amun getilgt und der König errichtete in der Nähe ein Atonheiligtum. Tutanchamun baute am Säulensaal weiter, der durch Haremhab fertiggestellt wurde.
    Ramses II. ließ den ersten Hof samt dem mächtigen Pylon sowie Statuen und Obelisken ausführen. Nektanebos I. gestaltete den Vorhof.
    Alexander der Große ließ das Sanktuar umbauen. Statt der vier Säulen, die das Dach trugen, wurde eine Kapelle errichtet. In der Römerzeit wurde die Tempelanlage in eine Festung integriert. In den ersten nachchristlichen Jahrhunderten wurden vier Kirchen auf dem Gelände errichtet.
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  • Day100

    Louxor 1

    November 12, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Cette dernière semaine on a vraiment eu un niveau d'activité proche du zéro absolu (sauf trois plongées pour Khalid) et les décisions se sont à peu près limitées aux options du buffet et à la question "piscine ou plage?". OK c'est reposant, mais au bout de quelques jours c'est aussi bien ennuyeux voire un poil oppressant. Surtout quand vos voisins de transat, tapette à la main, se sentent investis de la mission consistant à dézinguer toutes les mouches d'Egypte 😨

    On est donc tout contents de repartir avec nos sacs à dos ce matin, direction Louxor. Le bus traverse le désert, qui se transforme en champs irrigués à l'approche du Nil (Nil... Nil... Nil... ). A Louxor, à peine descendus du bus ce sont des dizaines de taxis, calèches, guides en tous genres qui nous sautent dessus. On attrappe nos sacs et on détale comme des lapins, au secours! Mais partout aux abords des sites touristiques et même à l'intérieur, ce sont des techniques super élaborées de harponnage du touriste qui sont déployées. Les gens ici ont l'air de galérer et nous on est vus comme des coffres-forts sur pattes...

    Le complexe de Karnak est splendide, les temples sont incroyablement bien conservés... vraiment pas mal pour des types du 2e millénaire avant JC! Le temple de Louxor est aussi superbe, des éclairages nocturnes mettent en valeur les bas reliefs, dont certains ont gardé quelques couleurs. Ça réactive le programme d'histoire de sixième tout ça 😅
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  • Day7

    Karnak Tempel

    December 2, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    In der altägyptischen Glaubenswelt besteht das Prinzip der kosmologischen Ordnung, dieses Prinzip wird als Maat bezeichnet. Da die Maat kein unveränderlicher Zustand ist und von den Menschen aus dem Gleichgewicht geworfen werden kann, ist es wichtig, diesen Zustand zu erhalten, um Chaos und Vernichtung von der Welt fernzuhalten. Ein ägyptischer Tempel stellt ein Modell der Welt dar. Eine der obersten Pflichten des Königs war es daher, das Gleichgewicht der Maat zu erhalten. Dieses geschah im heiligsten Bereich des Tempels. Im Tempel wurden heilige Kulthandlungen (Opferdarbietungen, Gebete und Gesänge) durch den König oder den ihn vertretenden Hohepriester durchgeführt.Read more

  • Day7

    Karnak Tempel

    December 2, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    In der Antike verband eine Allee, die beidseitig von 365 Sphingen gesäumt war, den Amun-Tempel mit dem ca. 2,5 km entfernten Luxor-Tempel. Diese Straße endete am 10. Pylon des Tempels.
    Der Tempel steht seit 1979 zusammen mit dem Luxor-Tempel und der thebanischen Nekropole auf der Weltkulturerbeliste der UNESCO.
    Herausragend unter den Ruinen sind der Tempel des Amun-Re mit seinen insgesamt zehn Pylonen, deren größter ca. 113 Meter breit und ca. 15 Meter dick ist und eine geplante Höhe von ca. 45 Meter aufweist. Die Gesamtfläche des Tempels beträgt ca. 30 Hektar (530, 515, 530 und 610 Meter Seitenlänge).
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Luxor, الأقصر, الاقصر, Горад Луксор, Луксор, Λούξορ, Luksoro, Lúxor, اقصر, Louxor, Lucsar, לוקסור, लक्सर, Լուքսոր, LXR, ルクソール, ლუქსორი, 룩소르, Луксор шаары, Luksoras, Luksora, लुक्सोर, Loxòr, ਲਕਸਰ, Luksor, لکسر, Al Uqsur, அல்-உக்சுர், ลักซอร์, El-Uksur, 樂蜀

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