Luxor was originally known as Thebes, and was the capital of the Egyptian Kingdom for centuries. The god Amun, part of a triad which included Mut and Khonsu, was worshipped here, and the temple was the venue for the annual Opet Festival.
The temple of Luxor was originally linked to the Temple of Karnak, by way of a 3 kilometre straight line avenue, lined on both sides by human headed Sphinxes. Although much of the avenue had been buried over the centuries, a lot of restoration work has been taking place recently. The aim is for people to be able to walk along the 3 kilometre avenue from one temple to the other again.
I visited the temple in January 2011 and June 2014, so if you would like any details about Nile cruise excursions, or would like to book your own Nile cruise, then call EgyptIan at Nile Cruises with GoCruise, on 01455821770 or 08002922850.
The following photos and the video were taken by me in 2014, and the video shows the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, the Colossi of Memnon, Howard Carter’s House, the replica tomb of Tutankhamun, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.