Luxor in detail

Luxor is known for


Luxor has some of the world's most spectacular ancient temples.

Karnak One of the world's most spectacular religious complexes.

Luxor Temple A beautiful place to walk, especially in the evening, right in the heart of Luxor city.

Ramesseum The Ozymandias temple, built by Ramses II (who also built Abu Simbel) and now a wonderful ruin.

Medinat Habu The last great New Kingdom temple, best visited in the softer afternoon light.


You could spend a week in Luxor and still not climb into every tomb.

Valley of the Kings The obvious highlights are here, including Tutakhamun and Seti I.

Tombs of the Nobles Stretched across the Theban hill, hundreds of tombs showing scenes from daily life.

Deir Al Medina The artisans who built the royal tombs also made their own burial places, decorated with scenes of an idealised life.

Valley of the Queens Not just queens, but also princes. And the beautiful Tomb of Nefertari.

Mud-brick Buildings

They may be giving way to breeze block and concrete at an alarming rate, but there are still many fine mud-brick buildings in Luxor, particularly on the west bank.

New Gurna Some of Hasan Fathy's showpiece village remains undeveloped, including the outstanding mosque.

Carter’s House & the Replica Tomb of Tutankhamun Where Carter lived while searching for the boy king's tomb.

Marsam Hotel The oldest mud-brick hotel in Luxor, much frequented by archaeologists.

Ramesseum Extraordinary remains of the ancient mud-brick granaries and storeroom.

Local Culture

Beyond the ancient sights, there is a vibrant local culture to be enjoyed in Luxor.

Moulid of Abu Al Haggag The impressive festival of the city's patron saint has a counterpart on the west bank.

Ferry Landing West Bank The west-bank village of Gezira has many wall paintings recording the owner's pilgrimage to Mecca.

Sultan Cafe Local cafes are a good place to catch stories being shared.

Art from People to People The newest addition to Luxor's art scene is a gallery for local work.