The day before the trip started I was very excited. The same night before I dreamed that I fell into the Nile and swimming against each other with hippos and crocodiles who is faster.
For my luck, Pharaoh Ramses came and saved me.
Then I was woken up by the alarm clock which rang at 3.30 am and we had to start early.
I was very excited
The way from Hurghada to Luxor triggered different feelings in me. Hurghada is clearly one of the most beautiful places for me, but the more kilometers we have left behind, the more the “green” came out and I slowly saw the “true” Egypt. The scent of the desert that was around us floated in my nose. The beautiful sunrise between the mountains made me think again and I was so excited to see what awaits me. But I knew very well that it is much more than what I knew from the books.
On our left the desert, on the right the magnificent green. I will never forget this sight.
We made a short stop in a small cafe on the edge of the street and refreshed ourselves with a hot Cay.
We were in a completely different world. Another Egypt …
Arrived in Luxor, I noticed the beautiful green nature and the great landscape. This green nature continued along the Nile. The little houses of the locals, right on the Nile, impressed me very much. I wondered what it was like back then? How did people carry such a mass of stones from Aswan to Giza? I closed my eyes and was dreaming again …
I imagined how people back then put these giant stones in the ships and brought everything to their destination, with the possibilities of then, over the Nile!
The city itself seemed so calm and very pleasant in the early morning.
A few carriages, a few cars, and mopeds could be seen on the street.
An old but very beautiful city with nice people.
Still very excited and a little tired from driving, we finally arrived. Our ship was already there and all I could think of was: I’m finally there, on the Nile, the longest river in the world, about 6,000 kilometers, which stretches and flows like a whip from south to north. Slow, calm, and deep, which irrigates the dry earth, gives life to all living things, down from the middle of the desert, and then flows into the Mediterranean.
“Nile is life!” We were at the river that let us say that.
Small soul boats called Felluka seemed like they were dancing with tourist ships. An indescribably beautiful sight, which can hardly be put into words. There were no crocodiles and hippos insight, but a breathtaking nature and tranquility that you would otherwise not feel.
“THIS MYSTIC ONLY HAS NAMES AND IT’S EGYPT!”
The city of Luxor, the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings were the places where we could see some of the monuments of ancient Egypt that form the panorama of the city.
Incredible and unbelievable how people built and designed all these works of art back then, and I was here right in the middle. I felt the 7000-year-old columns and wondered who built it back then …
I wanted to explore everything immediately and let myself be carried away by this energy.
Luxor became the capital of the Uksur province in southern Egypt during the 12th dynasty. We were in an old city built on the ruins of Teb on the east bank of the Nile. The city was known by the ancient Greeks as Teb.
Luxor houses the most elegant historical monuments in Egypt and is the second oldest city in Egypt after Abydos. It consists of the cities of Luxor and Karnak. It is home to the largest open-air museum in the world and welcomes an enormous number of tourists every year.
After the pyramids of Giza, Luxor is one of the most popular tourist cities in Egypt.
KARNAK TEMPEL COMPLETED IN 1,300 YEARS
It was Ramses II who completed the temple. He expanded each of the approximately thirty pharaohs to compete with his predecessors. It remained underground for a thousand years. Approximately 80,000 people worked as workers, artisans, and stonemasons when building the temple. We are in a huge open-air museum. The completion of the Karnak Temple, the largest ancient religious building in the world, took 1,300 years.
The temple is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut and his son Khonsu. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs and their spouses were decorated in the Karnak temple for the Opet Festival, where they went to the Luxor temple.
The Karnak temple consists of four parts. We leave the obelisk at the entrance of the temple behind us and cross the Sphinxstreet with the ram’s head.
400 THOUSAND SQUARE METER TEMPLES
To the left of the courtyard is the Temple of RamsesII, to the right the Temple of Ramses III and in the back the Temple of Opet and Khonsu. On the right are two standing statues of Ramses II. One of the sculptures represents life with the left foot forward, and the statue of Ramses II. With the hands tied above it represents death. The small statue at his feet expresses his wife.
The area where the temples are located is huge. 400 thousand square meters! We occasionally sat and rested. What surprised me the most was that some of the work in the temple was as smooth as new. The material and the Egyptian climate undoubtedly had a part in it. The sculptures in this climate, which had neither rain nor snow, were unaffected by the natural conditions and were preserved naturally as they have been under desert soil for centuries.
After the courtyard, we reach the hall full of columns as soon as we pass the statue of Ramses II and his daughter at the feet of his feet.
There are 134 pillars in this area spread over 5,000 square meters. The 12 papyrus columns in the middle are 21 meters high. 122 of them are shorter, about 15 meters. The construction of this hall was in the time of Amenophis III. It started and relief reliefs on the north wall of the hall were made in the period of Set I, the columns in the south and the half wall were built by the son of I. Set, Ramses II (1290-1213 BC).