"The Avenue of the Sphinx" Luxor Temple Tip by June.b

Luxor Temple, Luxor: 134 reviews and 310 photos

   
by June.b
 
  • The Avenue of the Sphinx - Luxor
  • The Avenue of the Sphinx - Luxor
  • The Avenue of the Sphinx - Luxor
  • The Avenue of the Sphinx - Luxor
  • gateway of the temple, as seen from the avenue - Luxor
      gateway of the temple, as seen from the avenue
    by June.b
 

Well, if hollywood have their avenue of the stars, Luxor has their avenue of the sphinxes.. is that really necessary?

I saw these several sphinxes lining up near the hotel I was staying, and just few meters from the first pylon (main gateway)) of Luxor Temple. It was also the view on the rooftop breakfast hall of our hotel.

The avenue of the sphinxes used to be a path of the procession and connect the Luxor Temple to the Karnak Temple. A statue of sphinxes with human head, built during the time of Nectanebo so the face wearing a headress with a cobra, most probably resembles him. It's 2.5 km long line-up of sphinxes of same sizes and shapes.

At present, there are only 34 sphinxes on the west side and 38 on the east side, others may have been buried under the building structures of modern Luxor.

Address: Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2011
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