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As “the greatest open air museum,” Luxor offers a myriad of attractions for visitors. Some of the many attractions are listed below.
Luxor Temple was originally built by Amenophis III and expanded by Ramesses II. The temple is full of architectural splendor (obelisks, columns) as well as sculptural elements (sphinxes and bas relief carving). Not only full of Egyptian heritage, the temple also has also served as a classical (Greek and Roman), Christian and Muslim devotional site.
The Luxor Museum is the home of many of the artifacts and treasures found when the tombs and temples of the area were excavated. Its collection includes art, jewelry, furniture, ceramic work and many other pieces of ancient Egyptian heritage.
For those interested in the more specific aspects of burial, the Mummification Museum can tell you everything you want to know about the processes, science and art of mummification. Including many artifacts of the embalming process (including different coffins and urns) the museum is a place where history comes alive.
The Valley of the Kings (so named because so many pharaohs were buried there) was made particularly famous when the un-looted tomb of Tutankhamen (or “King Tut”) was discovered in 1922. While most of the artifacts have been taken out and put in museums around the world, the valley, with its monuments and tombs, is still a popular tourist location.