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Steve and Sally flew to from Cairo to Luxor where they boarded the Triton which would become their floating hotel for the next four nights. In this area they visited the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak.   Both temples are dedicated to the god Amun-Ra.  They are located about two miles apart, but were once joined by a paved road lined with ram-headed spinxes.   The Temple of Karnak is an architectural wonder that had been the most important sanctuary of Egypt.  The Temple of Luxor is guarded by massive statues of Ramses II. The next day they explored Luxor’s West Bank where they saw the Colossus of Memmon, and then traveled to the Valley of the Kings, which for four centuries served as the burial ground of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs.   They were able to visit the tombs of Tutankhamon and Ramses IV.  They also visited the Tombs of the Nobles which is decorated with vividly painted scenes of ancient Egyptian life and the Temple of Hatshepsut.   Description courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions.

The Temple of Luxor is located at the south end of the modern town of Luxor close to the Nile.   The temple is guarded by two massive statues of Ramses II one of which is seen above. 

The Temple of Karnak  is dedicated the god Amun-Ra.   Karnak is an architectural wonder once the most important sanctuary  of Egypt.   Luxor was Egypt’s capital during the  Middle and New Kingdoms and was known at that time as Waset.  

On Luxor’s West Bank is located the Valley of the Kings where Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is located. (The brown area on the map to the left).    This is where her tomb is located.   She was the fifth pharoah of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

             Our thanks to Steve for sharing his amazing photos with us.

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