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“Was that it?”

Luxor Sound and Light Show
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Karnak Sound and Light Show with Private Transport
Ranked #21 of 84 things to do in Luxor
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Owner description: The Karnak Sound and Light Show highlights the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. The show narrates the achievements of some great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. As visitors walk through the complex, the pharaohs arise to tell the story of their interesting lives, as haunting music mysteriously flows through this ancient city. Ancient and poetic voices tell the visitors about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of the pharaohs and the god Amun. It is an enchanting and supernatural experience to listen to sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated during the well-presented show.
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“Was that it?”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

For the money - poor value. A slow walk through the site with some sound and story broadcast, to be seated across the ceremonial lake at some distance from the walls on to which there are projections - avoid the tree which blocks views. People were surprised when it ended and it was very quiet - hardly any applause. If you must go, ensure you book a show in your language as they rotate.

Visited August 2010
1 Thank KeithLDorset
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“Very atmospheric”
Reviewed 10 June 2011

Being blessed with the opportunity to visit Egypt when tourism was at a minimum is difficult for the Egyptians but a blessing for tourists. This experience was a prime example of it. There were less than 100 people in attendance when I went as part of a tour. Though the repeated flashes of cameras and cell phones could be distracting, it was quiet enough to here the sound track well and feel able to immerse oneself into the atmosphere being created. The ability to hear the quiet voices of the carvers talking over the clink, clink, clink of the hammer and chisels at the wall of hieroglyphs en route to the sacred lake was particularly memorable. I am sure that is often missed if there is a crowd in attendance. The night was clear and there was a pretty good breeze to cool it down a bit and keep the mosquitoes at bay. This was one of the few times I left my camera behind and just enjoyed the event without having to try and catch that Kodak moment. I would highly recommend it.

Visited June 2011
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“Karnak "Temple of Gods" an inspiring show”
Reviewed 25 March 2011

My wife and I found the sound and life show at Karnak temple an inspiring piece of theatre. We were blessed with a clear night that aided in the staging of the show. The soundtrack and the visuals to the show were at times difficult to understand. We had to look around a lot to see what was being lit up. As flash photography was allowed, this seemed to take something away from the effect of the show. I found that, you didn’t need a flash-as photographs I took without a flash turned out better. The best part of the show was at the end of the program when seated on the stands gazing across the sacred lake. I would suggest that anyone purchase the DVD of the show as it is very well done and has better colours than the actual show, plus it helps to figure out what you may have missed from the show.

Visited December 2010
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“Luxor Sound and Light Show”
Reviewed 8 October 2010

I was invited to attend the Sound and Light Show at Luxor Temple (at night) and it was one of the most beautiful, inspiring, phenomenal shows I went to in Egypt. This was my first trip to Egypt, and cruising the Nile to visit all the ancient temples and cities, and by day this temple was beautiful, but by night, it was turned into a rich, interdimensional experience with music, story and narratives told along the way to the Lake where the spectacular Light Show took place. The music was mesmerizing, and the story telling was wonderful, and the way they used the temple columns to put further definition in picture of the stories told. Also, when taking photos, there were many orbs appearing throughout the temple, that made me feel that this temple was very special in the ancient days a s a place of great spiritual renewal and purification. I am glad they are connecting the road/river between the two temples of Luxor and Karnak as it was in the ancient days! It's a must see, and worth visiting, and easy to get to by taxi, walking or by bus. Don't miss it!

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“see the sights/ignore the sounds!”
Reviewed 5 September 2010

Great idea - see the ancient temples at night, under the stars.
On the bad side, the commentary was very confusing. People were allowed to use flash cameras too, so the lighting effects were lost in the endless flashes going off.
On the good side, lag behind the flash photographers, ignore the soundtrack. Look up, look around, see the stars above and the ancient buildings all around you, mysterious in the night. This is a unique experience. Its something to enjoy.

3 Thank jetsetwelshie
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