"Karnak's better (but smaller) half" Luxor Temple Tip by Tijavi
Luxor Temple, Luxor: 133 reviews and 309 photos
While Karnak temple was dedicated to the mighty god Amun, the most important Theban god during the New Kingdom, Luxor temple was built to honor his better half, goddess Mut, and their child Khons, the moon god. Every year, Amun, Mut and Khons would "travel" to Luxor to reunite with the pharaoh, whose own divinity is reinforced during the annual meeting - achieving both religious and, more importantly, political objectives.
The temple's construction was initiated by the mighty lady pharaoh Hatshepsut, but much of it was built during Amenhotep III's time. Subsequent additions were made during Tutankhamun, the very popular Ramses II, Alexander the Great and Romans. During the Islamic period in 14th century, the Arabs built a mosque within the complex, which to date continues to be used.
The present town of Luxor is built around the temple - so it's the most visible and accessible tourist attraction in the city. You have to see the temple fully aglow at night - it's as mesmerizing as it is eerie. Have a look at my photos in the travelogue Mesmerizing and eerie.
Directions: Right in the town center. You definitely won't miss it.
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