Photographer's Note

Luxor has probably the highest concentration of archeological sites in Egypt. It is called “world’s greatest open air museum”. The most important sites are probably Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple both being within the city limits, east from river Nile. Across the river on the western side there is an accumulation of other sites which include famous Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens or the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (in this photo). My previously uploaded picture was from Medinet Habu, which is located on the western side as well. When I was checking the coordinates of Medinet Habu to provide the location for the TrekEarth map I realized that there is a border between two counties which separates some of the sites on the western side of Nile form others. Medinet Habu is still within the Luxor Governorate while Valley of the Kings or Hatshepsut Temple are in the New Valley Governorate. That was great news for me since I love painting on the TrekEarth map not only new countries but also new counties. So it appears that I have been to New Valley Governorate not realizing it. The bad news is that on TrekEarth quite many of the archeological sites are placed under Luxor, means incorrectly. Nevertheless I guess we can leave it there since they seem to fit the archeological sites theme as opposed to New Valley which is rather famous for spectacular desert landscapes.

Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Djeser-Djeseru ("Holy of Holies"), is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration, and later, a quarry. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt." The temple was the site of the massacre of 62 people, mostly tourists, by extremists that took place on 17 November 1997.
The Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw is responsible for the study and restoration of the three levels of the temple. As of early 1995, the first two levels were almost complete, and the top level was still under reconstruction.

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