Luxor is the embodiment of the grandiosity of the Pharaohs.
It's considered the biggest open-air museum on earth. When we
talk about monuments in the city, we talk about quantity and
quality. There is no place on earth jammed with ancient monuments
like in Luxor.
The monuments are so imposing and awe-inspiring, taking into
account that the current artifacts are only what remained of
the ancient original city, so it's hard to imagine its original
glorious shape when was at its peak.
Luxor is drawing tourists even back from antiquity. Ancient
tourists, like the modern ones, were willing to travel here
to see the striking city they were hearing about. Today Luxor
lies as a famous tourism destination and almost the whole city
depends on tourism industry.
The inhabitants are predominantly living on the east bank where
the great temples of Luxor and Karnak are located. On the west
bank there are the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, and several
temples including the famous temple of Deir
El-Bahari. It was there that ancient Thebes once stood.
Luxor's modern name is derived from Arabic "Al-Oksor"
which means (the palaces)