After our cushy flight to Luxor, we arrived and were greeted by our driver and guide that would be showing us the many sites around the city. We would be visiting East Bank today and West Bank the following day. Our first stop would be the Valley of the Kings.
Once we left the Valley of the Kings, our guide took us to a factory of sorts where they made statues and other items out of alabaster and granite. You can see me making a fool of myself in the video below as I was asked to take part in a part of the process that is done to smooth the alabaster.
This temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile. It's dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II. The Polish Academy of Sciences is still handling much of the excavation that is going on in this area. It was interesting to hear the history behind this temple, especially since many of the images of Queen Hatshepsut had been defaced by her brother, King Tutmoses III, because he wanted to erase her from history.