Part of the ancient city of Thebes that was the ruling seat of power for 1,350 years, Luxor is a major tourist destination, particularly for those interested in ancient Egypt, and the area boasts an exceptionally rich legacy of temples, tombs and monuments. Around these relics of ancient Egypt’s celebrated history, are signs of the prosperous industry of the modern day – tourism.
The town is crowded with souvenir shops, hotels and restaurants, while the Nile River carries feluccas and luxury hotel ships.
The streets are filled with the cries of shop owners, horse-drawn carriage (caleches), taxi drivers and tour guides, all offering their services to the newly arrived traveller, whether wealthy tourist or economizing backpacker.
The action on the street is almost as captivating as the temples they have come to see. Whereas the impressive structures of the Temples of Luxor and of Karnak are within the town itself, the biggest attractions lie on the west bank across the Nile, where the funerary complexes of the Tombs of the Nobles, the Valley of the Kings, and Valley of the Queens relate the fascinating story of the ultimate resting places of ancient royalty.
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