Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
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A temple built for the ritual practices exercised at the most important Ancient Egyptian festival, The Festival of Opet.
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  • Kyle Ciulla
    Beijing, China295 contributions
    Besides the pyramids, my favorite place in Egypt!
    This place was incredible, we were going to go during the day, but I decided to ask my guide to take us at sunset. Best decision ever! It’s was incredible. Sometimes you have to use your imagination to see what the temples looked like thousands of years ago, but here you don’t need it. It was amazing see the light hit this incredible temple!!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2023
  • Xave Edison
    Singapore, Singapore760 contributions
    A more well-preserved temple
    Less impressive than Karnak Temple but the structures are more well-preserved. The temple is smaller and can easily finish walking within 1 - 2 hours. Do visit the Avenue of Sphinxes (inclusive in the ticket) beside the temple. It is a pleasant walk with two rows of Sphinx statues along the pathway. General admission is 180 LE in 2023. There is a gift shop outside the temple where I bought some higher quality souvenirs than from Bazaar. Surprisingly, there are charging much cheaper than other gift shops which I have bought from, especially in Abu Simbel Temple.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 15 February 2023
  • Apotri77
    Bhopal, India251 contributions
    Truly a temple dedicated to Egyptian god's
    This temple is one of the major attractions in Luxor. A little smaller than Karnak temple but well preserved and looking at the gigantic columns and pillars one can only Marvel at the feat of engineering ancient Egyptians achieved at that time. Truly a temple dedicated to gods as it's made in huge proportion.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China854 contributions
    A Grand Temple
    This is a smaller temple than Karnak which is at the other end of the Avenue of the Sphinxes. The First Pylon has some impressive reliefs and the papyrus-bud columns in the colonnade is wonderful to see. It's nice to see that they kept the mosque of Abu I-Haggag when they were doing the excavations.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Rohit K
    29 contributions
    Wonderful
    Spectacular temple complex. You will probably need to go twice. One time to see it lit up — beautiful, but the crowds are so overwhelming that it is impossible to move inside. So go again in the early afternoon to actually appreciate this archeological marvel.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,050 contributions
    Very Interesting Temple
    The history of Luxor and this temple specifically is very interesting. We had an excellent guide and would recommend that because there are lots of details to this temple that can be appreciated more if they are pointed out and explained. The temple has gone through many changes including four different religions over its history. There are remnants from every period including Roman paintings, Coptic vandalism, a sacred chamber for Alexander the Great, a mosque that was built on top of it and of course all the Egyptian features! There are signs in English near the entrance that explain the kings that contributed most to the temple and good signs for the nearby Avenue of Sphinxes explaining the excavation and history. The entrance cost is 180 Egyptian Pounds and you should expect to spend 1 to 2 hours here. They were having troubles with their credit machine when we went so it might save you some time if you brought cash. The best view of the Avenue of Sphinxes is here in our opinion too and you can walk halfway to Karnak Temple from here and the full distance if you have tickets to both temples. We went in the mid afternoon on a weekday and found that it wasn't crowded.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Almostgreynomad
    Sydney, Australia1,054 contributions
    Impressive ...
    We were there late afternoon, so got to see it in daylight and lit in the evening, gorgeous. Most of the statures are now of Ramses 11. Originally built with replicas of leaders .... but when Ramses was in power - he had the faces changed to be his ! Ramses the chiseller ! Avenue of Sphinx's is impressive. Over near the avenue, there is a board showing the various rulers ..... wish I had taken a photo !
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Travel447022
    7 contributions
    Beautiful Experience
    Luxor temple was a beautiful experience that truly impressed us. Built by Ramses II and partly by Alexander the Great, the detailed designs of the stone statues were amazing. I recommend this place anyone coming to Luxor
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 April 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,618 contributions
    Famous church was freed from the sand
    This majestic place is located near the Nile in the modern part of Luxor. We arrived there by motorboat. The temple was built by Amenhotep III (BC 1390-1352). It’s interesting that this temple was covered with sand for a long time and a village was built on top of it. That’s why it has survived in such good condition. It was discovered in XIX. century. We walked around and our guide told us its rich story. My favourite part was the obelisk, the counterpart of which is in Paris on the Place de la Concorde. It's all living history, I think it’s a must-see site.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This temple is actually located in Luxor's downtown core, fitting that Luxor was once the capital of Egypt. At first glance, the temple's obelisk is slightly to the left of the centre. The reason why the temple looks asymmetrical is because Egypt gifted France the other obelisk in front of this temple! It's in Place de la Concorde! Now I see!

We went during sundown, which is interesting! The interior of the temples are interesting, but I noticed dark spots surrounding the god of fertility's private parts. It seems many people have touched it.

This temple is connected to Karnak Temple via the Avenue of the Sphinxes. Worth walking through the length of the corridor!
Written 25 November 2023
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tom b
25 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Their is a lot of interesting pictures on the walls and there was also some ruins and a sphinx walk(3km)
Written 25 November 2023
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Lily Hu
Washington DC, DC885 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Really lovely temple near downtown luxor. We went around 11am on a weekday and it wasn't too crowded. We were able to capture some great photos. This had one of the shorter walks too, from main gate/ticket office to the site. We liked luxor temple better than karnak even though it's smaller - the site is better preserved and therefore more to see.
Written 25 November 2023
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saimon
Tanes, Spain2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very nice temple . We been there at the sunset time we enjoyed by the day time and the evening time it was a very good experience
Written 23 November 2023
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Rajesh K K
Bengaluru, India1,128 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This temple complex is smaller than the one in Karnak and is located in the heart of the city.

Tip - nearby this temple complex, there is a souk. A decent shopping area for souvenirs, t-shirts, etc. Remember to negotiate!
Written 23 November 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,813 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
My wife and I took a two week tour of Egypt this past December. The visit to Luxor Temple was the first site we toured on the cruise of the Nile. Our guide arranged for our visit to coincide with sunset. The temple is fabulous, but seeing it at sunset and when the lights are turned on at the temple was special. It began what turned out to be the best cruise we had ever experienced. The next day (Christmas Day) we visited several tombs at the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. We concluded our cruise by seeing the Avenue of the Sphinxes and the Temple of Karnak after cruising to Aswan. Luxor Temple was a great start to a spectacular trip.
Written 17 November 2023
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Mississauga, Canada1,691 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Another must see in Luxor. We did this at night when there were no crowds and the lit structures were amazing. A totally different experience compared to daytime. The obelisk is stunning, especially the history surrounding it.
Written 3 November 2023
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Shubh K
Vienna, VA490 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Located in the middle of town, it's one of the things you must see while in Luxor. I recommend bringing a guide with you.
Written 29 October 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
After checking in at my hotel located near this attraction, I visited this attraction. Entrance fee is 160 EGP and entrance is behind the big mosque. Credit card payments are acceptable.

At the entrance are 4 huge statues that appeared to be welcoming visitors. What impressed me about this place are the huge, tall columns with some inscriptions, There are also some colums under the Roman Era, they need major renovations.

Also near this attraction is the Sphinx Avenue where both sides of this Avenue are lined up with sphinxes.

Tips. Wear a hot, drink plenty of water. It was very hot during my visit, had to take a break at the benches near the Gift Shop. Beware of people approaching you offering their carriage, taxi, or cars . They can be persistent to get your business.
Written 26 October 2023
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Monire M
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
So fantastic . You will probably need to go many times. The temple looks deferent from the day time and the evening time. We did the both rely we enjoyed by the temple in night time
Written 3 October 2023
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