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Columns of Luxor Temple, Thebes
Columns of Luxor Temple, Thebes
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Ancient Thebes was the city of the Egyptian god Amon. It was the capital of Egypt during the Middle and New Kingdom periods.

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Cairo and Luxor on 22-26 October, 1979.

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Ancient statue, Luxor Temple
Ancient statue, Luxor Temple
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Luxor Temple, Thebes
Luxor Temple, Thebes
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 25 43 59.988 E 32 36 0
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III, VI

Location Map of Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Ancient Thebes is No. 2 on the map of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt.


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Visiting Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Ancient Thebes is best visited through an organised tour or through a tour operator. Visitors arrive at the Luxor International Airport (LXR). There are flights between Cairo and Luxor for $120 return, as well as international flights from many European as well as Middle Eastern cities.

Taxi from Luxor airport to town costs up to E£50. Negotiation is necessary to get the best price. Negotiate only with the actual taxi drivers, not touts who hang around the arrival hall.


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