Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

The immensity of the Luxor Temple cannot be fully described in words. It can easily be said to be one of the most beautiful pharaonic temples to still stand. As one enters the temple complex, it is clear that one of the two obelisks is missing. It was in fact handed over to France and that is the one that stands in Paris this very day.
Not much of this temple has been damaged through the years due to natural disasters and decay. There are statues that are fully intact whilst others have been restored to their near former glory. It was built by the great king Ramses II, which is why one will find a significant amount of statues of himself. There is also one of the boy King Tutankhamon and his wife near the entrance of the temple.
Something that is quite significant about the Luxor Temple is that it directly displays the Roman influence on the world during its quest to conquer earth. Parts of the temple was transformed into a Roman Catholic Church and then later on converted into a Mosque.
The temple is mostly visited during the evening, because it is decorated with flood lights that give it a unique presence. Yet another significant part of this temple is the display of the very first belly dancers in history. Not all guide books will indicate these highlights so this is again one of the sights in Egypt that would not be the same without the services of a tour guide.
Soon one will be able to exit the temple, walk along the ram headed sphinxes and be connected with Karnak Temple. This is how the Pharaohs built it, and Egypt’s ministry intends to restore it as the Pharaohs intended it.