Embrace the brilliance of the human body and reconnect with radiant health and rid the multifaceted aspects of yourself of any ‘dis’-eases’ with a healing and transformational tour of Luxor Temple. Highly regarded as one of Ancient Egypt’s most powerful and sacred temples, it is dedicated to Amun, who is associated with Khonsu and Mut as a part of the Theban Triad.
Known as one of the most powerful gods at the height of Egyptian civilization, he was considered the ‘King of Gods’ and became even more revered once he integrated with the Sun God Ra to form Amun-Ra. His popularity ultimately rose to the point where the power of his priesthood rivaled that of the Pharaoh.
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Once known as Waser by Egyptians and as Thebes by the Greeks, Luxor was considered a site reserved for only the Great Divine. In its splendor as a sacred site of worship, only pharaohs, priests and select officials were permitted to enter the chambers here. Now regarded as the world’s most impressive open-air museum, Luxor Temple is one of the largest sacred temples with incredibly massive reliefs, carvings and pottery-style relics remaining intact that reflect the glories of the Old Kingdom. This glorious place laid buried for over 1000 years before being rediscovered during the construction of Hajjaj Mosque, a site still utilized by Muslims today.
Treasures to Behold at Luxor Temple
Begun by Amenhotep III in around 1325 BC, a good portion of the temple’s construction was later completed by Tutankhamen (1336-27 BC), Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and Rameses II (1279-13 BC). You’ll pass through the striking Amenhotep III court which leads visitors through a hallway of massive columns laden with Nile blossoming plants such as papyrus buds. As one approaches the great pylon of Ramses the II replete with two self-depicting statues, it’s hard not to notice the massive 25-meter obelisk situated to one side. There were once two obelisks here, but one is currently displayed at Paris’ Place de Concorde.
Amid the outer courtyard of Ramses II, there is a shrine dedicated to Thutmosis III. Many are surprised to learn that Alexander the Great even made a mark at Luxor Temple. The great conqueror has a granite shrine dedicated in his honor towards the rear of the temple along with a ‘Sancta Sanctorum’ hypostyle hall that was adorned under the orders of Tutankhamen and Horemheb.
The Luxor – Karnak Connection: The Opet Festival
Luxor and Karnak Temples actually share a surprisingly similar and spiritually deep connection with the Hajjaj Mosque that ultimately let to its rediscovery. Luxor and Karnak were conjoined with an incredible pathway between each city’s sacred sites by over 700 sandstone sphinxes that served as a route for the Egyptian Opet Festival.
In this annual ceremony, the statues of Amom, Mut and Khonsu were carried in boats and were followed by an immense procession that traversed between the two cities to honor rebirth, marriage and fertility. In a similar annual Islamic event called Mawlid—which culminates 15 days prior to Ramadan—a procession of boats is carried around Luxor Temple by descendants of Abu’l-Hajjaj to symbolize his journey to Egypt.