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Published on Nov 16, 2012
Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom, and the glorious city of the God Amon-Ra. Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.
Aswan stands on the east bank of the Nile and is a busy market and tourist center. Aswan's location is at the first Cataract of the Nile, which provided a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubians.
In the Nile the island of Elephantine, which is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods.
Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments", which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).
The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the rule Ptolemaic dynasty. The building is unique because its 'double' design meant that there were courts, halls and sanctuaries duplicated for two sets of gods.
The Temple of Edfu is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu. It is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved.