The Nile Valley and Luxor

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Colossi of Memnon


    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Tomb of Amun-her-khepeshef


    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

  • 12. Tomb of Khaemwaset


    Wall paintings in the tomb of this prince, who was the young son of Ramses III, are one example of the fine workmanship of the Valley of the...Read More

  • 13. Tomb of Nakht


    The second tomb on the left opposite the Ramesseum, is somewhat small, and only the vestibule is decorated with vivid colors. Before the vestibule...Read More

  • 14. Tomb of Nefertari


    The tomb of the famous wife of Ramses II is generally closed to the public, which is regrettable since it has some of the most vivid surviving...Read More

  • 15. Tomb of Ramose


    This is one of the finest tombs of Abd al-Gurna. Ramose was a vizier during the reign of Akhenaton. His tomb is unusual for having both reliefs...Read More

  • 16. Tomb of Rekhmire


    The resting place of the governor of Thebes and vizier during the reigns of Thutmose III, Hatshepsut, and Amenhotep II (18th Dynasty) is well...Read More

  • 17. Tomb of Sennefer


    This tomb once held the body of the mayor of Thebes during the reign of Amenhotep II (c. 1439–1313 bc). He was the overseer of many daily activities...Read More

  • 18. Tomb of Thyti


    This cruciform tomb is well preserved. Thyti's sepulchre dates to the Ramesside period, but it is not known to whom she was married. The corridor...Read More

  • 19. Tomb of Userhat


    Usherhat was a public servant during the reign of Amenhotep II, described as "the scribe who counts the bread in Upper and Lower Egypt." His...Read More

  • 20. Valley of the Kings


    While there's no experience quite like standing in the burial chamber of Egypt's short-lived "Boy King," the grave of Tutanhkamun is least—in...Read More

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