Avenue of Sphinxes

Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor

Avenue of Sphinxes
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Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas
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D1spm
Redditch, UK1,443 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Simply a spectacular experience, as with all of the carvings at the temple it’s mind blowing the achievements of the craftsmen . As you visit this area you will see them
Written 9 April 2022
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Traveller of the world
1,116 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Solo
I agree with the previous reviewer. I expected a lot more. The area looked like it wasn't looked after and work going on around it.
Written 27 March 2022
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Patricia E
6th of October City, Egypt4 contributions
Mar. 2022
After seeing the inauguration on television of the Avenue of Sphinxes, I had great expectations that most all of the statues on the platforms would be at least partially intact. Sadly, this is not the case, but maybe I should be looking at the bigger picture and be thankful that the full length of the avenue has been excavated and is intact with its platforms. Many of the statues are still there but not many.
Written 25 March 2022
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Mitselakis
Hersonissos, Greece660 contributions
Jan. 2022
A walk through history.....

Excellent added attraction to Karnak and Luxor Temples and a way of getting from one to the other without being pestered by taxi drivers!!

I have been waiting for this to open since early 2017 on my first visit to Luxor...

You don't have to walk the whole route if you don't want to, but you might as well.

Nice shady resting places along the way, toilets along the way, and a place to get a coffee and cold drink along the way.

Some excellent ''story boards'' and old photos along the way along with the Roman baths, a wine press, and a Nileometer (which could do with a bit of a clean up).

Wear flat shoes cos the paving is a bit rough, much like modern pavements in any modern city you care to mention...

They finally solved the problem with the Coptic church being built on top of the route, and cut the back end off it...!!

It takes less than an hour to do the actual walk, but you are going to look at Karnak and Luxor temples which is going to take a lot longer...
Written 10 March 2022
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Catherine S
Bolton, UK7,360 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
Having waited for so long for the Avenue to open it was one of the first things on our list on our visit to Luxor.
Starting from Luxor temple we walked in the early morning although the heat was rising as we walked.
There are notice boards along the way with information and particularly interesting pictures of how the Avenue looked before restoration.
The pathway is somewhat uneven so not so good for those with mobility issues.
There are shaded rest areas along the route to rest, and a small cafe for a welcome drink as you progress.

At one point there is a bridge, at which a group of school kids though it fun to throw missiles at the tourists! A shout up at them brought the security guy out of his hut and he proceeded to deal with them….

About three quarters along the way there is a barrier. At this point you have two choices, exit and make your way to the corniche. Or continue on towards Karnak, however at this point you need to purchase your Karnak Temple ticket.
You can not however enter the Avenue at this point.

The pathway suddenly becomes very uneven and takes a bit of attention to walk over. The Avenue technically splits not far along, however past the Mat Temple the Avenue is closed so you need to follow the left path to enter Karnak by the Gateway of Euergetes followed by the Temple of Khonsu.
Written 4 March 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,334 contributions
Dec. 2021
We were one of the first ones to experience the newly reopened legendary Avenue of Shinxes. How much you can "see" varies depending on the location along the route. It is mainly the "experience" that counts! You can walk between Karnak and Luxor where the ancient processions used to take place during the Opet Festival,an annual Ancient Egyptian Festival . The gods were carried in a ritual procession of the Barque.
At night the Avenue is beautifully lit.
Written 20 January 2022
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,285 contributions
Dec. 2021
A long highway with 1200 sphinx, 600 hundred on each side which connects the Karnak with Luxor temple and was used for the ceremony of the carriage of the boat.
Its an amazing structure especially during sunset time. I wish we had time to walk it.
Written 28 December 2021
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,319 contributions
Sep. 2021
We were able to see the section near Luxor Temple and glimpses along the 3 km to Karnak Temple. Major reconstruction project has involved moving buildings, etc. to recreate the route.
Written 7 December 2021
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Uppity Doc
Galveston, TX107 contributions
Jul. 2021
Not much to see, they are in the process of restoring, best viewed at night or sunset. I bet it was grand in pharaonic times
Written 18 July 2021
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TheFadi
Cairo, Egypt30 contributions
Mar. 2021
The Avenue of Sphinxes is a must see a stretch of 4km connecting Luxor Temple to the Karnak Temple. The stretch is undergoing a series of renovations, when done I am certain will be a remarkable route to walk through in the cooler hours of the evening.
Written 15 March 2021
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