The City of Light - Luxor Temple

By: Karima Lachtane

The modern city of Luxor located in Egypt, lays beautifully along side the Nile. The name Luxor is our modern version of a much older name. Through the centuries the city have had many names, but even thou the name has changed, its ancient meaning has stayed intact- namely meaning city of Light.
There are many temples in Egypt, but not one is alike. The Luxor temple is a rather odd name for the temple, if we go a couple of hundred of years back in time, it would be referred to as the Theban temple.The beautiful city grew up around the temple, hereby making the temple the center point of this city.
The Luxor temple is actually several buildings (temples) that have been connected to one big temple, much like we find at Karnak.

Luxor temple is dedicated to three ancient gods, where the foremost god is Amun.

As you stand at the temples entrances, you will defiantly be taken by the two great Ramesses II statues. The great pharaoh Ramesses II lived (1279-1212 B.C)and he as his father ruled for a very long time. He surpassed 11 of his sons, hereby making the 12.th son the next pharaoh, his son was around 60 years of age when he came to rule. Ramesses II had over a hundred sons, and on the walls of the Luxor temple, you can see many of these sons.

This was a festival temple, where people gathered to celebrate the passing of one year and the coming of a new year. There are many things about this temple which are rarely spoken of one of these fascinating things is about the temples construction and its walls. In the most holy rooms, which are the chambers located at the back of the temple, you will find odd spots everywhere, but only in there.
These spots are from Bat's, which fly around at night. There is something magical about these inner chambers, they are build in such a manner that the Bat's inner radar system (which it uses, because the Bat is born blind)Health Fitness Articles, does not work and so they crash into the walls. The walls material does that the radar are reflected and spins off towards another wall (-pretty much like a bullet inside a bulletproof room).

Recourses;
A Magical Guide to Luxor temple ISBN: 87-991527-3-8

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