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Ramesses II. He gets everywhere. Biggest statues, biggest engravings and biggest tomb.

Egypt

Pictures from our trip to Egypt which included a week in Luxor to do all the tourist things like visiting Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, King Tutankhamun, Valley of The Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Pyramids at Giza, Cairo, Colossi of Memnon, Sphinx, Rameses.   Also a week on the red sea resort of Hurghada.  Fantastic, money well spent.  Apart from the pharaohs revenge….

Karnak Temple – Karnak is the largest temple complex in the world.  Situated near Luxor, the site comprises of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, avenue of sphinxes, Hypostyle Hall and other ancient artefacts.  The site is over 100 hectares in size and can also be viewed at night time with a spectacular sound and light show.

Valley of the Kings – Very hot.  No wonder you were there by 7 in the morning.  Had the opportunity to go in to 3 different tomb’s.  Also got to see Tutankhamun in his own tomb and the entrance to tomb KV63, the first tomb to be discovered since King Tut by Howard carter in 1923 which had only been discovered earlier in the year (Feb 2006).

 

Luxor Temple – Another large temple complex known as the southern shrine.  Amenhotep III built Luxor Temple with later additions made by Ramesses II who built the entrance pylon and several obelisks.

 

Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx – It is impossible to scale the Pyramids against any building you know, they are massive and dominate the area.  Had a chance to go inside the 2nd pyramid, Pyramid of Khafre, some tough steep climbs inside to see a massive stone sarcophagus.  Be sure to visit Khufu”s ship inside the museum by the pyramid.

 

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut – Travelling with the tourist police armed with machine guns to see Hatshepsut’s Temple.  Guess they don’t want a repeat incident of the Luxor massacre in 1997.  You should be prepared however to be manhandled by market traders outside dragging you to their stalls.

 

Other pics – Pictures of other stuff and monuments.  Many fine artifacts in Cairo museum including the famous death mask of Tutankhamun and tons of other stuff.

 

Nick Cook

Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, doorstep daytripper, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it. Knows more about swords than is probably healthy for a man.

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