Luxor East Bank Attractions in Luxor Egypt | Discover Pharaonic Monuments
Luxor East bank means that part on the East side of the Nile River of Luxor City. Luxor was the capital of Egypt two times, during the eleventh dynasty and during The New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (18TH,19TH, and 20th dynasties) lasts between 1550 -1080 BC.
Luxor names during the history – Luxor East bank
Luxor had many names in the past. It was called
Niwt – means the City
Niwt Rysyt – the city of the south
Niwt Imn – the city of the god Amun (Amon)
Later on, it was called
Waset – means the city of the scepter
Ta Itp – in Demotic means the shrine or the temple regarding the temple of Amun Ra
jpt-swt – Means the fortified village
Thebai – in the Greek era
Thebae – by the Romans
Thebes = the city of the 100 gates
Iunu Shemaa – Southern Heliopolis to differentiate it from Heliopolis in the North of Egypt.
Modern Name Luxor
Luxor is the Arabic name for the city. Arabs came to Egypt, Cairo 640 AD. Afterward, They reached that part in the south 2 years later 642 AD. When the Arabs saw the temples, the gates, the columns, and a lot of them, they thought they are palaces. As a result, the Arabs called the city, the city of El Qusor means palaces and the word became Luxor later.
East Bank of the Nile
We mentioned before that the ancient Egyptians believed in life after death. The sun was one of the reasons why they believed in an afterlife. Every day they saw the sun rises from the east and disappears to the west. Again, comes from the east and dies in the West. Likewise, The ancient Egyptians believe they will die at the end of the day like the sun but will be back to life every morning with the sun’s rise.
Luxor East bank was the living side, all the houses, palaces, and daily life temples were on the east bank of the Nile. The east bank now is on the ruins of the ancient capital city of the Egyptian Pharaohs during the New Kingdom. Luxor East Bank is the modern area between Karnak temple and Luxor temple, it is the center of the city with the vast majority of hotels and tourist facilities.
The east bank of Luxor now is divided into 4 areas
Sharaa El Karnak – Very famous street goes parallel to Karnak temple and the corniche street
Corniche El Nil – Long the River Nile
El Mahatta street – Luxor Railway station to major parts of the city
Sharia El Televizion or television street – To the South of the city
Top attractions in Luxor East Bank
subsequently, you are in Luxor, you have to discover the best attractions in Luxor with Egypt tour packages and can visit by our Luxor Tours.
Karnak open-air Museum
Avenue of the Rams or Avenue of the Sphinxes
Islamic Monuments in Luxor
The oldest mosque in the city, El-Mekashkesh
Mosque of Abu Al Haggag, Luxor temple
Christian monuments in Luxor
The Coptic Orthodox Church of the Holy Virgin
Evangelical Church in Luxor after the old pulled down which was built in 1907
A large basilica with a baptistery northwest of the nave southeast of the eastern pylon of Luxor temple
Monastery of Deir El Shayeb
Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
Luxor Temple by night
Horse-drawn carriage at night through the “world’s greatest open-air museum”
Felucca ride and sailing under the starry sky
Go Shopping at Luxor Souk
Try typical Egyptian food in a local restaurant
Drink coffee in a local café