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

Luxor East Bank

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.

listed here:

Karnak temple

Karnak open-air Museum

Avenue of the Rams or Avenue of the Sphinxes

Luxor temple

Luxor Museum

Mut temple

Khonsu temple

Ptah temple

Mummification Museum

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


Luxor East Bank

Luxor Activities

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

Smoke Shisha

Hot Air Balloon Luxor