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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lousat (97645) 2016-01-31 1:45
Hi Mariusz,beautiful capture from this valley close to Luxor,i been there 2 times and it's always nice to see something from there,now is a bit dangerous.....i like the large view,the imposing effect of mountains in background is fantastic,perfect quality as usual.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
PaulVDV (32643) 2016-01-31 3:02
I noticed that quite often pictures are located in the wrong counties, provinces, etc ... It's not always easy to do this correctly. For example, Stockholm lies partially in Uppland and partially in Södermanland. But it's very difficult for a tourist to know the proper historical division.
On the other hand, I sometimes have the impression that there are people who place their picture just anywhere as long as the country is correct :) This is funny when you look at the pictures of your own country. Then I find that Bruges sometimes is placed in the central province of Flemish Brabant.
The temple on this picture is very famous. It also looks very huge. Yet each time I see a picture of it, I'm so much impressed by that high rock wall on the background. Well, I've always liked desert landscapes.
Excellent presentation, depth and sharpness.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (160077) 2016-01-31 4:03
You choose a very well camera angle with the people in foreground and the archaeological sites in background.
A nice depth and perspective.
Again a wonderful quality picture.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Very well, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
ikeharel (78381) 2016-01-31 4:40
Besides the monumental edifice that draws the tourists to, the surrounding mighty rocks beyond also have an imaginary figures of ancient Egyptian elements and ancient hieroglyphics.
Superior clear desert scene, of the amazing place.
Tue (43464) 2016-01-31 4:46
Great photo of the temple here, seen against the beautiful textures of the rocks in the background. The many visitors add a lot of fine colours to the photo.
carlo62 (55032) 2016-01-31 6:17
un luogo eccezionale, la storia passa da qui.
La monocromia del paesaggio è perfettamente interrotta dai vistosi colori dei turisti.
jean113 (5727) 2016-01-31 6:29
Hello Mariusz, the people give much needed scale to the scene helping us to realise just how magnificent the landscape really is!
I like your decision to make a symmetrical picture with the enormous ramp placed centrally.
Excellent sharp quality.
Sergiom (88383) 2016-01-31 7:04
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image. Tu es bien placé au centre des choses avec les touriste en point de mire tout en saisissant la grandeur et la magnificence de l'endroit.
osmarq (919) 2016-01-31 8:07
Besides the full view composition with the cliff behind giving a perspective of dimensions, looking at the tourist walking towards the monument gives a sensation of belonging to the moment, as if viewer were part of the experience
adramad (49584) 2016-01-31 12:49
Superb view of the vertical walls of rock, at whose feet, the magnificent temple of Queen Hatshepsut, looks wonderful, waves of tourists passing through the gateway, gives a nice touch vital scene that currently can not be developed, with freedom and tranquility that you enjoyed both you and all those people, there are now many places where it is advisable not to travel .... a real shame and sadness.
Colorful very beautiful, very effective in tones.
Good management of brightness and superb sharpness.
Superb image. My congratulations.
All the best and have a good start to the week.
P.S. Thank you very much for your kind comments, also for me one of the goals, more pleasant here in TE is to know and maintain contact with such fantastic people like you and family.
PiotrF (22898) 2016-01-31 15:23
To wygląda troche tak, jakby obecne nasze miasta ktos chial odwiedziec za kilkadziesiat setek lat. Tez natknal by sie na wielkie skupiska budowli i poczul jak w muzeum.
Z wyszukiwaniem lokalizacji miejsc na mapie tez mam czasem troche zabawy. Niestety jest tez tu na TE cala masa bledow w tym zakresie i przypisywanie miejsc do zupelnie innych regionow niz jest to faktycznie. Jesli do tego dojdzie np literowka w nazwie miejscowosci to jesli nie zna sie danego regionu moze byc mylace a ciekawe miejsce nie do odnalezienia.
Zdjecie jak zwykle znakomite jakosciowo, a prezentacja tego miejsca ciekawa
bukitgolfb301 (45147) 2016-01-31 18:38
Hi Bonjour dear Mariusz
Finest snap and also reporturge image via nice panfocus. IOntering Note too.
The best compoistion and nice color touch.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
jemaflor (103135) 2016-01-31 23:19
Well framed, impressive cliffs and monument, good composition with these people to give life at your view and also colors contrast.
tyro (26142) 2016-01-31 23:59
Well done for managing to paint yet another part of your TE map - but you still have a long way to go to match Malgo's map! :)
Almost nine years old, this photograph is beautifully presented, the group of colourfully dressed tourists leading us very effectively into the frame toward the huge and impressive temple which fills the distant view beneath the towering mountain range behind it. A fine strong composition with lovely light and colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
A fine note too.
Fis2 (106484) 2016-02-01 0:14
Takie zdjecia sa mila pamiatka z podrozy.
Ladny kadr i naturalna kolorystyka.
Karolina999 (0) 2016-02-01 0:52
wszystkie drogi prowadzą nie do Monte Carlo, ale do Egiptu, jak widać, piękne zdjęcie, cudowna perspektywa, wspaniałe światło, rewelacyjne kolory, idealna głębia ostrości, brawo.
Thanx for sharing.
holmertz (59194) 2016-02-01 1:20
This is a magnificent view of the famous temple in its rather unwelcoming surroundings. The crowds of colorful visitors certainly make the view more appealing. As always it's a technically perfect photo. I was here in 1983 and I actually arrived at this place from top of the mountain. I had walked a long way along the ridge and found a way down this steep hillside. My best memories from Luxor are definitely some of the more "intimate" underground tombs with fantastic paintings and fewer visitors.
Royaldevon (43449) 2016-02-01 1:48
Ha! Ha! Mariusz, have you been watching tv, affecting your title?
Great notes to accompany your excellent photograph.
Your viewpoint has included us in the group, walking towards the Mortuary Temple. Although I have never been here, I am beginning to feel that I have had that experience!!
I like how you have decided upon a very symmetrical composition. For me, you are absolutely right. You take us directly to the ancient site, with fine details of the surroundings, to set the scene.
Have a great day,
Nicou (151132) 2016-02-01 3:41
Avec ces personnages qui avancent sur le chemin quelle compo et vue quel temple dans la montagne et ce rendu sur la roche quelle compo superbe avec cette architecture splendide.
Bravo et amitié
danos (103156) 2016-02-01 9:02
i visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut on Jan 2007 so i know the place very well with the impressive temple to dominating the backdrop of the scene.The corridor with the lot of visitors make the image even more interesting with the massive rocks to 'cover and protect' the temple.Well done.
rychem (42680) 2016-02-01 21:42
Piekne ujecie z dluga perspektywa i szerokim spojrzeniem na cala doline, i samo miejsce bardzo ciekawe i zdjecie wysmienite
Cricri (125930) 2016-02-01 23:36
Un endroit intéressant a voir aussi, bien composer et présenter avec les personnes bien centrer dans l'image
berek (50508) 2016-02-02 4:59
I love this building. You are well placed in the center of things with tourists in focus while capturing the grandeur and magnificence of the place.ipressive vew from 2007 .
Silvio1953 (153075) 2016-02-02 5:41
Ciao Mariusz, great view of fascinating riuines, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (103038) 2016-02-02 10:14
fajna miales wyprawe do Egiptu. Interesujace miejsce. Ladna symetria w tej kompozycji. Dobry opis z informacjami.
ChrisJ (117897) 2016-02-05 14:21
Hoping to see this soon and fingers crossed the political situation in Egypt improves before I get there. Well framed with a nice symmetrical composition. The people add scale. Tfs!
adores (46363) 2016-02-11 7:11
This is a place I've never visited and now it's not so safe. Impressive for sure. I like the colours, the pov and composition. I can see it had lots of tourists then.
emka (106816) 2016-02-19 13:18
Cześć, z tym zamalowywaniem mapek to chyba jeszcze bardziej jestes zwariowany niz ja.
Imponująca świątynia, ale na tym zdjeciu wygląda jak nowa :). A skała za swiątynią niesamowita. Szkoda, że nie mam zdjęć z Egiptu i nie mogę porównać z widokiem z 1993 roku. Tę masakrę pamiętam. Niezły tłum tam ciągnie.
serp2000 (45858) 2016-12-17 4:45
Hi, Mariusz! This is excellent reminder of Luxor! Well done! I do remember my first emotions when I saw this place in 2005... It looks like a modern architecture with impressive symmetry and so right lines. I am not sure about the Ruins category.
Best wishes, my friend!