The Nile Valley and Luxor

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  • 1. Temple of Seti I

    Ruins

    This low-lying temple (1306–1290 BC), modestly stretching across the desert nestled amid a group of shops and houses, is one of the jewels of...Read More

  • 2. al-Ashmunayn (Hermopolis)

    Ruins

    The site features a late-Roman basilica, the only surviving large building of its kind in Egypt, as well as a giant statue (one of a pair) of...Read More

  • 3. al-Kab

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Al-Kab, on the East Bank of the Nile, is the site of an impressive though imperfectly preserved town, temple area, and tombs. The site was first...Read More

  • 4. Beni Hasan

    Cemetery

    This magnificent cemetery site is on the East Bank of the Nile. Beni Hasan is generally approached from the West Bank by ferry, which shows...Read More

  • 5. Colossi of Memnon

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Standing (sitting, actually) over 50 feet tall, these seated statues of the great Amenhotep III are the most significant vestiges of his mortuary...Read More

  • 6. Deir al-Bahri

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (1465–1458 BC), built by the architect Senenmut, is a sublime piece of architecture—some say the finest on...Read More

  • 7. Deir al-Medina

    Ruins

    Between the Valleys of the Nobles and the Valley of the Queens, in its own small valley, lies Deir al-Medina, the Village of the Workmen. Artisans...Read More

  • 8. Karnak Temples

    New Karnak | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Karnak is, without a doubt, the most complex and impressive assemblage of ancient Egyptian religious monuments. The site is divided into three...Read More

  • 9. Luxor Museum

    Corniche | Museum/Gallery

    Thi museum contains, without a doubt, the crème de la crème of New Kingdom sculpture. On three floors, objects ranging from the Predynastic...Read More

  • 10. Medinet Habu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The mortuary temple of Ramses III (1550–332 BC) is an impressive complex that was successively enlarged from the New Kingdom down to the Ptolemaic...Read More

  • 11. Mummification Museum

    Corniche | Museum/Gallery

    The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo has an entire section devoted to mummification, but a visit to this museum is worth the detour if you...Read More

  • 12. Tell al-Amarna

    Ruins

    Little remains of the magnificent town of Akhetaten, which was founded by the apparently monotheist pharaoh Akhenaton in the late 18th Dynasty...Read More

  • 13. Temple of Hathor

    Ruins

    Hathor of Dendera was the goddess of love, beauty, music, and birth. She was often depicted as a cow, and in later periods of Egyptian history...Read More

  • 14. Temple of Horus

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Temple of Horus is mainly from the Ptolemaic period. The temple does, however, rest on earlier foundations, which may date from the Old...Read More

  • 15. Temple of Khnum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Temple of Khnum, which is one of the most truncated and least attractively sited Egyptian temples that you are likely to see, was constructed...Read More

  • 16. Temple of Luxor

    Corniche | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Far easier to explore and digest than the sprawling Temple of Karnak just downriver, the Luxor Temple (built between 1390 and 323 BC) stands...Read More

  • 17. Temple of Ramses II

    Ruins

    Some 300 yards northwest of the Seti I temple lies the Temple of Ramses II (1290–1224 BC). Its roof and most of the upper portions of its walls...Read More

  • 18. Temple of Seti I

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Seti I's 19th-Dynasty temple is the northernmost of the New Kingdom mortuary temples. Son of Ramses I and father of Ramses II, Seti I was one...Read More

  • 19. The Ramesseum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The mortuary temple of Ramses II (19th Dynasty) is one of the many monuments built by the king who so prolifically used architecture to show...Read More

  • 20. Tomb of Amun-her-khepeshef

    Ruins

    This tomb was built for a prince who was a son of Ramses III (20th Dynasty). His tomb's wall paintings have very bright and lively colors and...Read More

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