Recent Development of Luxor City
Luxor is the richest historical site in Egypt with a wealth of tombs and temples from the 12th Dynasty onwards. Tourists having been visiting Luxor (Thebes) for thousands of years and you can find graffiti from Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and 19th century Europeans.
The majority of sites are situated on the West Bank of the Nile, the only exceptions being Karnak and Luxor temples. A total of 26 statues were discovered early in 1989 under the Luxor temple in what was the capital of pharaonic Egypt.
There are plenty of activities awaiting you at Luxor, whether you prefer to pay a visit to history's iconic Karnak temple, enjoy a cruise by the Nile or just chill by your hotel's beachfront. This hebes was the capital when Ancient Egyptian civilisation reached its zenith, where grand temples were built in the name of the gods and extravagant tombs glorified the Pharaohs even in the afterlife. These monuments are one reason why one trip to Luxor is never enough; they are abundant and discoveries are ongoing.
ANYONE who comes to the land of the Nile soon learns that the most fabulous archaeological discoveries abound in the vicinity of Luxor, logically the principal tourist center of upper Egypt. One of the most recent restoration efforts in Luxor has tackled Carter's House, where Howard Carter lived during his years in Luxor. The name of this English Egyptologist and archaeologist is etched in history for famously discovering the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. And the house where he lived is equally intriguing. Professionally restored, it features some furniture used by Carter as well as a handful of memorabilia, including period pieces of décor, a very old fan and a huge photography camera. The recently installed wall hangings shed light on the history of the residence and the life achievements of its owner.
Last year in 2009 Egyptian archaeologists on Wednesday uncovered a statue of pharaoh and a bust of the famous woman pharaoh Hatshepsut in the southern city of Luxor, the state MENA. The three-meter Amenhotep statue was "dug out with only one damage in the nose and one in the teeth.
Amenhotep III, or Amenophis III, was the ninth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt. He ruled the country from 1411 B.C. to 1375 B.C. after his father Thutmose IV died. Hatshepsut, or Hatchepsut, generally regarded as one of the most successful pharaohs, was the fifth monarch of the eighteen dynasty which dates back to 15th century B.C. Being a woman, she wore a false beard to reinforce her authority while acting as the regent of her son, Thutmose III.
No visit to Luxor could circumvent the Karnak Temple, and the classical attraction has had a facelift. Recently, the front area was completely overhauled, with an organised floor plan for a pedestrian area and bazaar section with proper shops, rather than ramshackle stands. Another area is utilised as a food court, but rather oddly the biggest eatery is a Lebanese restaurant. The famed Karnak Sound and Light Show now offers any language at any time, through the use of audio devices which simultaneously narrate in nine different languages, including Russian and Polish.
Enjoy the same monuments but from a bird's eye view. While hot air ballooning has become a common excursion activity on almost every tourist itinerary in town, more recently, flying has conquered the skies. Instead of hovering above Luxor in a hot air balloon, with the wind essentially deciding which temples you will visit, a flight in a small Cessna plane gives you control over your sightseeing. Lont Group offers a 30-minute flight over Luxor for about $120 per person, with a minimum of two pax. While not as classic a trip as by balloon, the small planes have their own charm. From Deir Al-Bahari and the Ramesseum to the Tempe of Seti I and Madinet Habu, the bird's eye view is spectacular.
The wealth of historical sites to visit leaves you worn out by the end of the day, especially if you are on a short visit. There is, of course, a relaxing way to enjoy the city. The recently renovated Hilton Resort and Spa is ideal because it combines sightseeing with world quality repose. The entire hotel is built around the concept of relaxation and rejuvenation, with claming music in the background, a slow- dripping water fountain in the lobby and a colour theme which helps set the right mood. At the same time, the main restaurant offers an easy to use calories calculating system to keep you eating healthy.
The resort houses the only spa in town, which offers a thermal area free of charge to resident guests. This area is divided into a hot section and a cold one, where in the former you can enjoy a steam or herbal bath (a steam both with the addition of herbs), as well as a laconium in a steam room equipped with a salt sprinkler. In the cold section, you can enjoy the rain shower, the ice fountain or perhaps the reflexology basin for a foot treatment without a therapist. After you are done with this bundle of pampering, experience the water beds move in the relaxation area or the annexed outdoor lounge.
The Nayara Spa offers a long list of treatments and therapies from algae body wrap and aromatic mud bath, to deep active cleansing and facial scrubs. Nayara Spa signature treatments are exclusively offered at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, since they are inspired from the culture of the place and even named after ancient Egyptian gods and queens. The Cleopatra Ceremony, for example, is where posh pampering becomes royal with a precious milk bath followed by a celestial sandalwood and cedar massage.
The list of what is new in Luxor is not restricted to tourist- oriented facilities and attractions, but covers the interests of ordinary Egyptians who call Luxor home. The ferry service, which is the main method of transportation connecting the city's two banks, was recently overhauled. The old wrecked ferries were replaced with brand new ones shaped like Ancient Egyptian barques. So you are certain to enjoy every minute of your stay in Luxor, even when crossing the Nile in a public ferry.
Archaeologists discovered 12 new sphinxes in Luxor
Archaeologists in Egypt made a surprising new discovery recently when they unearthed 12 new sphinxes buried beneath a modern apartment complex in Luxor. Those stone statues were located not far from the famed Sphinx Alley, which is a popular tourist destination and an impressive display of ancient craftsmanship in the city.
This statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III is around 3,400 years old. Amenhotep III is believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun. Amenhotep III is reckoned to have been one of the wealthiest and most powerful of all the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. His funerary temple at Luxor measured 700 metres by 500 metres, making it one of the largest monuments in ancient Egypt.
The newly discovered road runs along an Egyptian promenade that is thousands of years old and was once used to as part of a ceremony to celebrate the deities Amun and Mut. Until yesterday, the road was only mentioned in a few historical texts, but the discovery is the first solid proof of its existence. The street runs between two spectacular religious sites – Karnak and Luxor Temples, and was likely lined with dozens of Sphinxes when it was first constructed. Under the rule of Cleopatra, the avenue was renovated and eventually it was used by the conquering Romans.
The popular Sphinx Alley is so named for the 850 statues that have already been discovered along that route. Historians believe that more than 1300 of them were in place when it was built under the rule of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Those Sphinxes flanked a number of lesser religious sites where worshipers left offerings for the array of gods in the Egyptian pantheon.
The 12 newly discovered Sphinx statues are not in the best condition. Most are missing their heads and all are in varying degrees of disrepair. Despite that however, the statues will go on display to the public for the first at a new open-air museum in February of 2011, giving Egypt even more amazing artifacts to show to the world.
Luxor Transportation- By Air, Train, Bus, Local Ferry and By boat, Caliche and Donkey ride, Bikes and Cycling, Taxi
Find More about Visiting Luxor City and Its Attractions including
- King Tutankhamun, Queen Hatshepsut's temple ( or Deir el-Bahari), Luxor Temple, Karnak Temples/The temple Complex of Karnak, The Ramesseum, Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan, The Sound and Light Spectacle, Day Trips, King Tut's International Festival, Exotic hot air balloon adventures, Luxor open-air museum..
Also Check our Egypt Overview SectionLast Updated on Thursday 2nd December 2010