Useful Information about Egypt
Luxor is divided
by the Nile into two areas commonly called the East Bank and West Bank which were
considered in Ancient Egyptian times as symbolizing respectively Life and
Luxor, once an
Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's "greatest open-air
museum."From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the
magnificent sunset views at the majestic
temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor to the exciting and fun Nile cruises,
Luxor is the perfect choice for culture vultures.
While the East
Bank has grown to become a modern city, it has retained its lush green setting,
its traditional bazaar and stunning view of the Nile. The East Bank boasts some
of Egypt's most refined hotels, home to amazing Spa's and a golf course.
The West Bank is known for its necropolis and
mortuary temples: the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the
Workers Village, and the Temple of Medinet Habu are the highlights of Luxor’s West Bank. In
Ancient Egyptian mythology the setting sun to the west symbolised the journey
to the afterlife, so it was fitting symbolism to bury the dead west of the Nile.