Luxor, also called El Aksur, is now a major tourist town in Upper Egypt and starting point for cruises on the River Nile. It contains the southern half of the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. The Temple of Luxor, originally built by pharoah Amenophis III and containing colossal statues left by Ramses II, is close by the town. Karnak with the Great Temple of Amon is on the same side of the river.
Across the river on the west bank is the Valley of the Kings, burial place of the pharoahs including Tutankhamen, the Colossi of Memnon statues, The Valley of the Queens and Dayr al-Bahri, site the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
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