Friday, August 6, 2010

Dedicated to the Church of St Luke Holyland Group - LUXOR

Holy Land (Information about Luxor)
Here is your Luxor itinerary: Depart from your hotel and transfer to Cairo airport fro your flight to Luxor. On arrival in Luxor you will be met by your guide and depart to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings. En route stop to view the Colossi of Memnon - 2 massive statues of the Pharaoh Amnhotep III seated facing the Nile. The Valley of the Kings is the famous burial grounds of the Pharaoh and favored nobles. Tombs can be visited depending on which are open. Afterwards visit the great mortuary Temple of Queen Hapshepsut - one of the very few female rulers of Egypt. After you visit transfer with your guide to the East Bank and enjoy a visit to Luxor and Karnak Temples. Karnak is the largest ancient religious site in the world and the second most visited after the Pyramids. Both Temples were built between 1390-1400 BC. After you visit is concluded transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Scroll down for more information about each stop.
Amnhotep III built a mortuary Temple in Thebes that was guarded by gigantic statues at the front gates. All that remains of that ancient structure are two 23 meter high, 1,000 ton statues of Amnhotep III. Locals refer to the statues as "el-Colossat" or "es-Salamat". The statues are made from carved blocks of quartzite quarried either at Giza or Gebel es-Silsila. The northern statue depicts Amnhotep III with his mother, Mutemwia, while the southern is of Amnhotep III with his wife, Tiy and one of his daughters.
Above is Amnhoteps Tomb. A Pharaoh from the 18th dynasty (1382-1344BC) who was a prolific builder and a relatively benevolent ruler. His reign lasted almost 40 years and was both stable and prosperous. He took the throne of Egypt at the age of 12.
One of the most beautiful of all the royal mortuary temples. This Temple was built by Queen Hapshepsut, stepmother of Pharaoh Thutmose III. As the first known female monarch, she ruled for about 2 decades, thus delaying the kingship of Thutmose III. It is unknown how she died. Many of her portraits were destroyed after her death from orders by Thutmose III. Most of her portraits appear to be male, sometimes even with false beards. To inscriptions she was male.
They are the largest Temples in the World! Within the Temple there are different Temple groups such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso, The Ipt Temple, The Temple of Ptah, The Temple of Montho and the temple of the Egyptian God Oriris.
Thank you very much for taking the time to inform yourself about Luxor. Hope this trip is everything you want it to be, good luck!

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