The temple of Luxor is one of the essential visits during a trip to Egypt. Even more so if a river cruise is made navigating the Nile. And that attraction is not strange, given the relative good state of conservation of this construction, a magnificent example of the architecture of Ancient Egypt. We want to tell you some amazing curiosities of the Luxor temple.
Where is the temple of Luxor
Luxor is more or less towards the center of Egypt, in the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of the period of the pharaohs. That is why ancient archaeological remains abound there. While it is true that few have come to this day as well as the temple of Luxor.
The builders of the Luxor templeLuxor Temple
It is even more surprising that current state if it is valued that construction began there by the distant year 1390 BC, when Pharaoh Amenofis III reigned. And it was not concluded until practically 100 years later, when the pharaoh was already Ramses II, belonging to a later dynasty, the 19th.
You can count countless curious facts about these pharaohs, but we are going to stay with two related to his intimate life. For example, to Amenophis III his wife gave him 360 women, almost one for each day. Why? Because it was a way for him to be happy and entertained, while she was engaged in intense government duties.
As well Ramses II had an intense personal life, in fact his wives and children were countless. Something logical, taking into account the concepts on the subject at that time and that, in addition, this pharaoh was extraordinarily long-lived, since he exceeded 80 years of age.
Curiosities of the temple of LuxorSphinx - kairoinfo4u / Flickr.com
Originally, The Luxor temple was conceived as a sacred space to honor the most important Egyptian god: Amun-Ra. However, with the passage of time other deities from Ancient Egypt were also venerated, such as Serapis. But his religious history did not end here. In fact, it can be said that here we have prayed until today.
When the Romans arrived, a chapel was erected in honor of the divinized emperor Augustus. Then it would be the Christians who built various churches inside the temple of Luxor. Some still see the remains. And later, it was the Muslims who took the opportunity to build a mosque, which is still in use today.
The Luxor ObeliskEntrance to the temple of Luxor
The entrance to the Luxor temple is one of the most impressive attractions of the complex, especially for the presence of the great statues of Ramses II sitting and majestic. A huge obelisk stands before them and next to it, the pedestal is distinguished from another.
But the obelisk is not here, it is in Paris. Neither more nor less than in the Place de la Concorde. From the banks of the Nile to the Seine, another curiosity of the temple of Luxor.
Do an exercise in imaginationInterior of the temple - kairoinfo4u / Flickr.com
Any monument of Antiquity requires a little imagination when visiting it. And even more so when they are places as special as the temple of Luxor. Today we see the construction partially, damaged in some parts, with some complete and fragmented sculptures.
In addition, we appreciate the whole set with the color of the stone. As well, Imagine the place painted with strong colors. It would be like that!
An opera in LuxorRemains of the temple of Luxor
It never hurts to visit the temple of Luxor, it is always a pleasant pleasure. But you have to think about the sensations that you have been able to provide to a few privileged lovers of history and music. Yes because On more than one occasion this site has been transformed into a theatrical stage.
It has been done to represent one of Verdi's most famous operas: Aida, set in the Egypt of the pharaohs. Without a doubt, a luxury setting.
"Can not remember the days, the moments are remembered."
These are just some of the curiosities of the temple of Luxor, but nothing like visiting it to discover many others that are waiting for you.