Luxor’s prime attraction to tourists is in the multitude of architectural monuments that span the city.  Sometimes called the “world’s largest open air museum,” Luxor boasts some of the finest examples of tombs, monuments and temples from the ancient world. 

The Luxor and Karnak temples were built and embellished by a series of kings, including the pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II.  Originally dedicated to Amun over the years they have also served as temples to the Greeks and the Romans and even as a Christian church and Muslim mosque.  The temple complex (the two are connected by a processional path) is a massive example of monumental architecture also features relief carvings and statuary (including obelisks and sphinxes). 

The city of Luxor also boasts examples of obelisks, or commemorative towers erected in honor of pharaohs.  Ramses II had two built to celebrate a military victory.  The obelisks are a part of the Luxor/Karnak temple complex and both are inscribed with hieroglyphics dedicating the monuments in the name of the pharaoh.

Other sites in Luxor include the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi or Memnon. 

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