Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Biking the Luxor's West Bank

fearless 4.5 days DIY solo backpacking Egypt
october 25-29, 2012 thursday to monday

luxor temple & museum (luxor's east bank)

Bike rental is located just exactly outside the West Bank port and Bus terminal, around 100 meters away. I rented for 3 hours that costs only 15 EGP. Since I already mapped-out my planned destinations the day before during my van tour to major landmarks, I know somehow where to go.

Photography is allowed to all, and strolling can be enough at most 3 hours.

Colossi of Memnon (known to locals as el-Colossat, or es-Salamat) are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossi_of_Memnon

biking the luxor's west bank

colossi of memnon
colossi of memnon

Medinet Habu is the name commonly given to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III, an important New Kingdom period structure in the location of the same name on the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt. Aside from its intrinsic size and architectural and artistic importance, the temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medinet_Habu_(temple)

road map of west bank

medinet habu (habu temple)

medinet habu (habu temple)

Deir el-Medina is an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the 18th to 20th dynasties of the New Kingdom period (ca. 1550–1080 BC). The settlement's ancient name was "Set Maat" (translated as "The Place of Truth"), and the workmen who lived there were called “Servants in the Place of Truth”. During the Christian era the temple of Hathor was converted into a Church from which the Arabic name Deir el-Medina ("the monastery of the town") is derived.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deir_el-Medina

dier el medina

dier el medina

dier el medina

Located in the Theban Necropolis, near Luxor, the Tombs of the Nobles are the burial places of some of the powerful courtiers and persons of the ancient city.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombs_of_the_Nobles_(Luxor)

biking to temple of the nobles

biking to temple of the nobles


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