Luxor Temple – Ancient city of Thebes
Luxor Temple dedicated to the king of the Egyptian gods Amon-Ra, was an important political and religious center since it was part of the ancient city of Thebes, the capital of Egypt.
A pathway 3 kms long consisting of Sphinx on either side connect the Karnak and Luxor temples. This was the holy path used during the Opet festival. At the entrance at Luxor, are 2 statues of Ramsses II and two stone obelisks. Only one obelisk still stands today and the other was transported, in 1819, to La Place de le Concorde in Paris, as a gift to King Philip Louis of France by Egypt’s ruler Mohamed Ali, in exchange for a French clock, which has never worked properly even to this day!
After Luxor temple, we visited a Papyrus factory. We were demonstrated how the ancients made paper from the Papyrus plant. The stem of the plant is soaked in water, sticky fibrous inner pith cut lengthwise into thin strips and placed side by side and then another layer of strips is laid on top. The two layers are hammered together, mashing the layers into a single sheet. The Ancient Egyptians used papyrus as a writing material, mats, rope, sandals, and baskets.The paper was washable, recyclable and reusable.
After dinner, we took a stroll around Luxor temple. It was such a pleasant sight to see the locals with their families have a picnic on the temple grounds, kids playing football, men enjoying their turkish coffee and hookah!