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Hatshepsut Temple: Designed in the 18th Dynasty by Senenmut, Egypt’s first female Pharaoh’s architect, an extraordinary monument rises from the plain desert in a series of imposing terraces, dedicated to eternalize Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut. Stunning reliefs relate to Hatshepsut’s journey to the land of Punt {Somalia nowadays} are worth seeing, as well as the Chapel of Hathor still retaining much of the marvelous, original color.

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, Egypt
(Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, Egypt)

Valley of the Queens: Used in the 19th Dynasty as a burial site of many royal wives, and children, the most beautiful tomb in Egypt lies there; that of Queen Nefertari, Ramses II favorite wife. Recently restored to its former splendor this tomb evokes the ritual journey of the afterlife.

The Ramesseum: Built as a statement of greatness, and impressiveness to eternalize that of Ramses II, ruler of Egypt for 67 years, this spacious complex is worth visiting, despite the damage caused by earthquakes, and flooding. The shattered head, and shoulders of the immense colossus of Ramses lies in the court, in a captivating site, as well as temples of both Ramses’s mother and wife.

Where to stay
Pyramisa Isis, and Shereton are five star hotels, providing their visitors with a superb location within a walking distance from major sights, as well a pleasant overview of gardens, and the river Nile. For budget travelers, Emilio hotel is a highly recommended option, known for its cleanliness, and various facilities, including a large swimming pool for sunny days.

Where to eat
Eating by the riverside is essential in Luxor, as many restaurants offer a tourist friendly interpretation of Egyptian cuisine in a captivating atmosphere. Check out Anbuis restaurant by the riverside, located at Corniche, offering luscious plates of Kebab, stuffed vegetables for vegetarians, and a variety of mezes. You can also treat yourself to the "Upmarket" restaurant of Class to enjoy courteous service, and its wide range of continental dishes.

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