The East Bank of Luxor is the central part of Luxor township, centred on the twin foci of the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak.
Unlike the West Bank, which was always the main area for cemeteries and mortuary temples, the East Bank represented the main settlement of the living throughout the millennia – a role that has hardly changed. The vast majority of hotels and tourist facilities are in the East Bank.
The layout of Luxor town is fairly straightforward: arranged about the temples of Karnak and Luxor, 3 km (1.9 miles, apart in the north and south of the city respectively) are four main roads with a network of many small streets between them:
- the Corniche el-Nil (usually just referred to as ‘the Corniche’, running along the east bank of the Nile and connecting most of the major attractions
- Sharia al-Mahatta, linking the railway station with the area around Luxor Temple
- Sharia Karnak, running inland parallel to the Nile and the Corniche
- Sharia Televizyon, in the southern part of the town, an area of inexpensive accommodation
Completed major works include widening the main road along the corniche allowing the coaches from the Red Sea resorts to quickly access Karnak temple & the Valley of the Kings.
The East Bank of Luxor represents the central part of Luxor as a locality, the part of the town that the vast majority of tourists will first arrive in, either by land, river or air – arrive in Luxor, you’ve essentially got to the East Bank.
See main Get around chapter of Luxor.
- 1 Temple of Luxor. May–Sep 06:00–20:00, Oct–Apr 06:00–21:00. Is largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramsses II the Great (whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance). Also to be seen is the small “hanging” Mosque of Abu al-Haggag, its position a reflection of the ground level that had built up before excavation of the temple precinct. Also good from the outside, if you already spend your budget at Karnak, due to the low surrounding barrier. If you have a good zoom lens, there is a great shot from the northern end outside. This temple is more compact, has more of the large statues but is not as vast and has not so great obelisks. Opt for Karnak if you need to choose. Regular LE140, students until age 30 – LE40.
(updated Jan 2019)
- 1 Church of Archangel Michael. A church with impressive large dome. You need a passport to get in. No admission. (updated Jan 2018)