Egypt Day 4 Luxor and Karnak

Day 4: Luxor and Karnak (start of Nile Cruise)

This day started with an early morning but had some highlights of our trip.

We got to see Karnak Temple which was a sprawling and fabulous temple complex that had amazing hieroglyphs, vivid colors, and a few obelisks all very well preserved. I especially liked the row of sphinxes with ram’s heads that guarded the temple and was amazed by the sheer size of the complex.

Row of Ram Headed Sphinxes that guard Karnak Temple

Ram Headed Sphinx upclose

Pillars inside the main hall of Karnak

Hieroglyphs inside Karnak Temple (original colors)

Two Obelisks inside Karnak Temple

Egyptian Workers in traditional dress at Karnak Temple

We also got to see Hatsheput’s temple with pictures below which was extremely large and in a stunning location. Please note the colors of on the temple below, these were original colors and have not been redone.

Hatshepsut Temple

The other highlight which is a must see was the Valley of the Kings and Queens including the tomb of King Tutankhamen and the artwork inside the tombs was simply spectacular and extremely well preserved. Unfortunately there was no photography allowed in the Valleys so you will have to take my word about how amazing the paintings were. The photos below are from the parking lot.

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Queens

On our way home we saw the Colossus of Memnon, which although large were not terribly impressive.

Colossus of Memnon

This was the sunset over the valley of the kings and queens as we enjoyed our first night on the Nile.

Sunset on the Nile
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