Luxor

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international friendship

; ref * Shenzhen, China (People's Republic of China), since 1993 友好城市 (Friendly cities), 市外办 (Foreign Affairs Office), 2008-03-22. (Translation by Google Translate.) 国际友好城市一览表 (International Friendship Cities List), 2011-01-20. (Translation by Google


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away, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are within few minutes walking. Luxor airport is only 10-15 minutes away and if you wish your airport pick up can be arranged for you. Clothing can be laundered cheaply if requested. Trips and excursions can also be arranged for you. The owner who speaks English and has an extensive knowledge of the local area, antiquities, sites and activities, will be there to assist you throughout your stay if you require. Connect See the various Luxor district (Luxor#Districts) pages for details of telephone, internet and postal services - being a major tourist town, Luxor is extremely well-served with communication facilities. Most of the best outlets are to be found where the bulk of the local population lives, in the East Bank (Luxor East Bank) of Luxor. '''NB''': As of August 2004, Luxor has had its telephone exchange upgraded and an additional "2" must now be added to old 6-digit telephone numbers..... The format for overseas callers, for example, should now be +20 95 2xxx xxx. Mobile phone numbers are unaffected by this change. As of June 2005, numbers on the west bank that began with 2426 now begin with 2060. So the format for these numbers is now +20 95 2060xxx rather than +20 95 2426xxx. Cope Visa extensions Luxor Passport Office is located south of Luxor town centre, virtually opposite the Isis Hotel, open Saturday - Thursday, 8AM-8PM. Rumour has it that visa extensions are far easier to acquire at this office than its equivalent in Cairo. Stay safe '''Stay Alert''' Luxor is known as the '''hassle''' capital of Egypt (and therefore a good candidate for the world). For those not on fully organised tours, please be aware that touts can make sight seeing very frustrating. (Although they tend not to stray into the actual temples.) However within temples, one must contend with the government tour guides. The guides are legitimate government workers, but also '''extremely''' aggressive about "guiding you" and then demanding a tip. Rule of thumb: If anyone shows you anything, for any amount of time, they will want a tip. It may be worthwhile to give a small tip upfront while asking to "self tour". It is wise to pre-book accommodation to save yourself the trouble of having to deal with the touts at the stations. As tourism is the main source of income in Luxor, and has been for centuries, many people have made scamming into an art form. Some of the older tricks in the book: * The "I need a letter translated" opener, used to draw you into a shop * The "I need a letter writing to my friend in your country" opener (they show you an address that's in your country), again used to draw you into a shop * The alabaster factory. A large percentage of alabaster is imported, and is hardly made on site. The vast majority of other stones such as jade are imported from China and India. * "The temple is closed"- Check opening times before you arrive. * Papyrus Museum- It's just a papyrus shop, some are good, some use cheap imitations. * Scarf seller - person selling usually just one scarf will attempt to use it to hide their hand movements while they pick pocket you. Reported two attempts in two days. Find out on your own whether something is open or closed, whether you're walking the right way or not. Ask a local, not taxi or caleche driver. Women travelling without company should exercise extreme caution whilst seeking budget accommodation in Luxor. Several reports have been made of sexual assault after women were given spiked drinks by hotel touts and staff. Merchants in Luxor are notoriously aggressive and manipulative. If you don't want to be talked into buying anything, it's wise to completely ignore any attempt by a local to strike up conversation, no matter how benign it may seem. In shops and the market, the phrase "No Hassle" can often be used to avoid unwanted attention. If you would like to be polite, it is also appropriate to say "Laa Shukran", meaning No Thanks in Arabic. Being polite will make your life easier, as people will remember you if you were rude and may hassle more later. If problems persist, threaten to call the tourist police with the phrase "You're a hustler!" On the streets, you may find it easier to feign ignorance of English: "Non Speakee Engleezee" and or "Non Parlee Arabee" seems to be the most reliable way to show you are not interested in their offers. This technique can however backfire quite spectacularly as most Egyptians speak several languages, so if pressed claim to speak something obscure like Azerbaijani or Ossetic. If you do speak an uncommon language like Persian or Albanian or an Eastern European language, make sure you start talking to them in that language. If you don't, practice faking it and do so in their presence. This is the fastest and easiest way to get rid of the touts. Depending upon the perception your profile creates, you may be asked, sometimes within minutes of exiting your hotel, if you would like to purchase drugs or sex. Remember, prostitution and drug use are not taken lightly by government authorities. For Gay travelers, extreme care should be taken when propositioned by a sex worker. Egypt has a well documented record of Gay men getting caught up in entrapment schemes. thumb right 200px Beautiful raised relief from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos (File:Abydos Tempelrelief Sethos I. 24.JPG) Go next * Dendera — Luxor is a good base to visit this site of a fantastically well-preserved '''Ptolemaic temple of Hathor'''. A number of hotels organise day-trips - you don't need to be staying with them to use these services. * For those with more time on their hands you can add a visit to the '''Temple of Seti I''' at Abydos, featuring some of the best relief work in Egypt. This is a lengthy road trip from Luxor, but can be combined with a day trip to Dendera. * The city is also a good staging post for onward travel through Upper Egypt and on to Aswan and Abu Simbel. WikiPedia:Luxor Dmoz:Regional Africa Egypt Localities Luxor commons:الأقصر


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October 1836, King Louis Philippe (Louis Philippe I) had it placed in the center of Place de la Concorde, where a guillotine used to stand during the Revolution. He was all but lost from history until the discovery, in the 19th century, of Amarna, the site of Akhetaten, the city he built for the Aten. Early excavations at Amarna by Flinders Petrie sparked interest in the enigmatic pharaoh, whose tomb was unearthed in 1907 in a dig led by Edward R. Ayrton. Interest in Akhenaten

an ankh and another where she precedes a Horus hawk wearing the double crown of united Egypt, representing the pharaoh whom she protects. thumb 150px right One of the two Luxor (Image:Louxor obelisk Paris dsc00780.jpg) obelisks in the Place de la Concorde in Paris right thumb Tip of Hatshepsut's fallen obelisk, Karnak Karnak Temple Complex (Image:Obelisk5.jpg), Luxor, Egypt Image:Hippodrome Oblisk.jpg right thumb The Obelisk of Tuthmosis

never be in Concord over this". The joke relies not only upon the fact that Obelix' name is a pun on the word "obelisk", but also to the fact that Napoleon's soldiers took a Luxor Obelisk with them to France and that it can still can be viewed in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. History Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts began in 1973 with the opening of two hotels near Zurich Airport and in Regensdorf. The company was originally called The Mövenpick Hotel Group


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(including Paxos), Switzerland and Italy. He has also painted in France, Ireland and Spain as well as around the United Kingdom, including many paintings of the River Thames. Mutemwiya is shown in the Luxor temple, in scenes depicting the divine birth of her son Amenhotep III. The scenes resemble (and in some cases copy) scenes of the divine birth of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari. Hatshepsut had used the birth story to reinforce her claims


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as Luxor (ancient Thebes (Thebes (Egypt))) and was founded in 1400 BCE. For centuries Thebes was once known as the capital of the known world. Science, "Excavation of the Temple of Luxor," Science, 6, no. 6 (1885): 370. Known in the Egyptian language as ''ipet resyt'', or "the southern sanctuary." In Luxor there are six great temples, the four on the left bank are known to travellers and readers of travels as Goornah, Dayr-eh-Baharee, the Ramesseum, and Medinet Haboo; and the two temples on the right bank are known as the Karnak and Luxor. Excavation From medieval times the Moslem population of Luxor had settled in and around the temple, at the southward end of the mount. Due to the Luxor’s past city population building on top of and around the Luxor temple, centuries of rubble had accumulated, to the point where there was an artificial hill some forty-eight or fifty feet in height. The Luxor Temple had begun to be excavated by Professor Gaston Maspero after 1884 after he had been given the order to commence operations. The excavations were carried out sporadically until 1960. Over time, accumulated rubbish of the ages had buried three fourths of the actual temple which contained the courts and colonnades which formed the actual nucleus of the Arab half of the Modern village. Maspero had actually taken interest earlier, and he had actually taken over the post of Mariette Pasha to complete the job in 1881. Not only was there rubbish, but there was also barracks, stores, houses, huts, pigeon towers, which needed to be removed in order to excavate the site. Maspero received from the Egyptian minister of public works the authorization needed to obtain funds in order to negotiate compensation for the pieces of land covered by the houses and dependencies. thumb Inside the Old Winter Palace (Image:Inside old winter palace.jpg) The '''Winter Palace Hotel''', a 5-star hotel located on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor, Egypt, just south of Luxor Temple, was built in 1886. There are 86 rooms and 6 suites. WikiPedia:Luxor Dmoz:Regional Africa Egypt Localities Luxor commons:الأقصر


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Nineteen Asian and European tourists died when a hot air balloon crashed early on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 near Luxor following a mid-air gas explosion. It was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the tourism industry deeper into recession. The casualties included French, British, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong. (Times of India, Indore, MP, India edition Wed, Feb. 27, 2013)<


world scale

accumulate great wealth and rose to prominence, even on a world scale. Thebes played a major role in expelling the invading forces of the Hyksos from Upper Egypt, and from the time of the 18th Dynasty through to the 20th Dynasty, the city had risen as the major political, religious and military capital of Ancient Egypt. The city attracted peoples such as the Babylonians, the Mitanni, the Hittites of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey


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as Luxor (ancient Thebes (Thebes (Egypt))) and was founded in 1400 BCE. For centuries Thebes was once known as the capital of the known world. Science, "Excavation of the Temple of Luxor,&quot; Science, 6, no. 6 (1885): 370. Known in the Egyptian language as ''ipet resyt'', or "the southern sanctuary." In Luxor there are six great temples, the four on the left bank are known to travellers and readers of travels as Goornah, Dayr-eh-Baharee, the Ramesseum, and Medinet Haboo; and the two temples on the right bank are known as the Karnak and Luxor. Excavation From medieval times the Moslem population of Luxor had settled in and around the temple, at the southward end of the mount. Due to the Luxor’s past city population building on top of and around the Luxor temple, centuries of rubble had accumulated, to the point where there was an artificial hill some forty-eight or fifty feet in height. The Luxor Temple had begun to be excavated by Professor Gaston Maspero after 1884 after he had been given the order to commence operations. The excavations were carried out sporadically until 1960. Over time, accumulated rubbish of the ages had buried three fourths of the actual temple which contained the courts and colonnades which formed the actual nucleus of the Arab half of the Modern village. Maspero had actually taken interest earlier, and he had actually taken over the post of Mariette Pasha to complete the job in 1881. Not only was there rubbish, but there was also barracks, stores, houses, huts, pigeon towers, which needed to be removed in order to excavate the site. Maspero received from the Egyptian minister of public works the authorization needed to obtain funds in order to negotiate compensation for the pieces of land covered by the houses and dependencies. thumb Inside the Old Winter Palace (Image:Inside old winter palace.jpg) The '''Winter Palace Hotel''', a 5-star hotel located on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor, Egypt, just south of Luxor Temple, was built in 1886. There are 86 rooms and 6 suites. WikiPedia:Luxor Dmoz:Regional Africa Egypt Localities Luxor commons:الأقصر


modern life

scenery and a bustling modern life. Districts Although a relatively small town by Egyptian population standards, Luxor is quite extensive. It divides naturally into the areas on each side of the river Nile.


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as a few smaller temples and sanctuaries located outside the enclosing walls of the four main parts, and several avenues of ram-headed sphinxes connecting the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amon-Re and Luxor Temple. The Luxor Temple is a huge ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile (Nile) in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes (Thebes (Egypt))). Construction work on the temple began during the reign of Amenhotep

Luxor

'''Luxor''' ( Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple (Egyptian temple) complexes at Karnak and Luxor (Luxor Temple) stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the West Bank Necropolis (Theban Necropolis), which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Thousands of tourists from all around the world arrive annually to visit these monuments, contributing greatly to the economy of the modern city.

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