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  • Day8

    Das ''grüne' Ägypten

    January 2 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 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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  • Day4

    Luxor

    December 27, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    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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  • 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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  • Day7

    Karnak Tempel

    December 2, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

     Neben den Pylonen ist die große Säulenhalle, die von Haremhab begonnen und unter Sethos I. und Ramses II. vollendet wurde, besonders beeindruckend.
    Bild 6: Der heilige See hat eine Größe von 120 × 77 Metern und liegt südlich des zentralen Tempelgebäudes. Dieser See verfügt über keinerlei Zuleitungen, er wird nur durch das Grundwasser gespeist. Neben dem See befand sich ein kleines überdachtes Gänsegehege, das über einen Gang mit dem See verbunden war. Die Gänse waren die heiligen Tiere Amuns. Außerdem entnahmen die Priester das Wasser zum Waschen der Götterfiguren aus dem See.Read more

  • Day10

    Luxor Explorations

    January 18 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    We awoke to the sound of morning prayers this morning. The initial call was fairly nice and peaceful but soon the mass of different prayers echoed around us. Outside, the deck was strangely dry, no morning dew as I padded out in my wooly socks. If not for the temperature, I think it would've been very nice, not that it wasn't.

    Our crew provided another tasty breakfast, this time including pancakes as we drifted slightly further down river to a waiting van that would drive us the rest of the way to Luxor (4 hours given how little distance we'd covered the day before.

    The city itself is smaller than Cairo and Aswan and we found it quite pleasant to walk around until the hassling began. Luxor after all is the hassling capital of the world. Not to waste the day, we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed out to Karnak Temple, a stunning complex and stories that we'll remember even if the names require a little googling. We had some free time to explore, I wish we had a bit more time here.

    After that, back to town and a quick stop at the jewelry store for some silver. Debated getting something and then passed. (Only to wish the next day I'd gotten something and then thinking if and when I would actually wear it. Oh well, next time). We passed through the souk to get back to our hotel and the hassles arose. Pretty much every shop wanted you to look at their stuff. Even though we've gone through this at Aswan, this took it to the next level. We managed to escape unscathed, save for the bottle of sand art that I was wanting to get anyway.

    Group dinner out tonight at Al Sahaby Lane Restaurant, tried the camel burger and Oum Ali for dessert. The burger was good, but the dessert gets a pass. Also couldn't resist fried cauliflower and lemonade with mind =)
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  • Day11

    Luxor Temple at Night

    January 19 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Returning from the West Bank, we were free to explore the rest of the day, and did we pack it in! I had a craving for McDonald's french fries, and then we browsed through Aboudi Bookshop next door which had a number of neat souvenirs and a great book selection.

    We then wandered down the corniche (path along the Nile) to the Winter Palace, popping into a few shops along the way. The hassles are constant annoyingly with guys offering feluccas or wanting to chat you up and follow you for a bit, but it's more manageable with two people than if one were wandering on their own.

    The Winter Palace is a fancy-ish old hotel, like the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. I'd read it was a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset. I think the writer was probably there at a different time of the year though as we checked out the view and sun appeared to be dipping behind some trees. With that, we skipped the drinks and headed right down to the corniche and found ourselves a spot to watch sunset and try a time lapse on the go pro. What we'd hoped would just be a peaceful viewing was interrupted by the constant conversation by one local man and then another. Imagine trying to invent a boyfriend and giving fake names to fend them off!

    As soon as the sun disappeared, we headed off to Luxor Temple. Our guide had mentioned the best time to go was around 5pm, just as natural light was disappearing and the artificial light was coming up. This way you could still see the details in natural light and appreciate the beauty of the night views. It took a little while to find the ticket office as it's tucked away just below street level and there was still a number of people streaming in and wandering about.

    We got a little addicted to the multitudes of columns and took many photos. For once, it was nice not to be on a time constraint and wander as long as we wanted. Some of the lights weren't on yet, so we turned on the flashlights and admired some of the hieroglyphics in two "alcoves", giving us a very different experience than all the previous temples. It felt like how early archaeologists must have felt when they first came across the temple and they had no light but that of candles or torches.

    By the time we left, much of the crowd was gone and more lights were turned on. Luxor Temple was a place we could have just continued to linger. I suspect given the opportunity, we would have liked to have done the same at all the other temples on this trip.
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  • Day3

    Creativity is needed!

    January 10 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Spätestens heute Abend kommt mir meine Affinität für's Campen zugute - die Matratzen in unserer Kabinen haben gefühlt Härtegrad 8 und sind damit ohne Übertreibung, wiederum gefühlt, so hart wie ein Holzboden! Im Vergleich dazu, bin ich letzte Woche beim Winter-Campen auf meiner Iso-Matte wie in Frau Holle's Schoß gelegen!

    Wie auch immer, Susi kann darauf nicht schlafen - Improvisationstalent, eine kühne Umsetzungsbereitschaft und "gerechte" Arbeitsteilung sind jetzt gefragt.....denn ein Topper muss her!

    Wer von uns beiden letztendlich die Idee hatte, einfach als weiche Unterlage eine der Auflagen auf dem Oberdeck zu dieben und wer dann final diesen Gedankengang umsetzen durfte, können sich wohl alle denken :-)!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Uqşur, Muhafazat al Uqsur, Luxor, محافظة الأقصر

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