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Luxor West Bank and East Bank - News 2009
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Luxor Announced Egypt's 29th Governate

(December 10, 2009)
Since December 7, 2009 Luxor is an autonomous governate of Egypt. Before it belonged to the governate of Qena. The new governorate includes 3 markazes (districts), 4 cities, 13 rural local units, 16 villages, and 182 hamlets. The former Chairman of Luxor Supreme Council General Dr. Samir Faraj is the new Governor of Luxor.

Location of Luxor within Egypt Luxor and Luxor Temple Flag of Luxor



Restoration of King Tut's Tomb (KV62), Luxor West Bank

(November 11, 2009)
The famous tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun will undergo a five-year project in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute to clean and restore the wall paintings. Tutankhamen’s tomb which Howard Carter discovered in the Valley of the Kings, in 1922, is by far the most visited tomb in Egypt. Heat and humidity from the thousands of tourists accelerated the process of deterioration. The wall paintings will not just be restored but also scanned with a high resolution recording laser scanner. It was specially designed for the Supreme Council of Antiquities recording the Tomb of Tutankhamun in order to product an exact facsimile. Prospectively, the copy will be presented instead of the orignial tomb. As of now, it hasn’t been decided whether the tomb will remain partially opened or be closed.

(c)Factum Arte - Laser scanner in Tutankhamun's Tomb  (c)Factum Arte - Monkey painting in Tutankhamun's Tomb



Imagine, German-Egyptian Art Exhibition, Luxor East Bank

(November 04, 2009)
Following "Horizontal Limits" and "Twilight Zone" "Imagine" is the 3rd cultural exchange project of 8 German woman artists from Muenster and Egyptian lecturers and students of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor. From Nov 12 to 26, 2009, their paintings, objects, and installations will be shown at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor.

Art Exhibition Imagine  Art Exhibition Imagine  Art Exhibition Imagine



Opening of Carter's Rest-House, Luxor West Bank

(October 27, 2009)
On the occasion of the Symposium "Valley of the Kings since Carter" held at the Mummification museum in Luxor the restored Carter House opens its doors for the public on Nov 4th, 2009. Now it serves as a museum and shows apart from personal things like books, records, and paintings also excavation tools and contemporary photographs. Exactly 86 years ago Howard Carter discovered the world-famous tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter HiouseMask of Tutankhamun's MummyHoward Carter



Hot Air Ballooning is Back, Luxor West Bank

(October 26, 2009)
After an accident in April, flights over the West Bank were suspended. Now, six months later, they fly again each morning at sunrise - with only one balloon of each company at the same time (that means 8), all at the same place (world’s first hot air balloon "airport"), re-trained pilots, and tightened safety measures.

Hot Air Balloon Airport, Luxor West Bank   Hot Air Balloons over the Luxor West Bank



Tomb of Ramses III (KV11) Re-Opened, Luxor West Bank

(October 05, 2009)
The 188-metre-long and beautifully decorated Tomb of Pharaoh Ramses III, also known as „The Harper's Tomb“, is now again accessible to the public. The famous harper scenes depict the crowned heads of Ramses III as part of the harps.

Tomb of Ramses III, left harpistTomb of Ramses III, reconstruction of the harper scenesTomb of Ramses III, right harpist



Abu Haggag Mosque after Restoration, Luxor West Bank

(August 18, 2009)
After a year and a half of restoration, today the Abu Haggag Mosque was inaugurated. The mosque stands atop the ruins of Luxor Temple. Walls of the temple decorated with ancient reliefs and hieroglyphs were integrated into the mosque, also colums.

Abu Haggag Mosque, view from the eastern side, Luxor East BankAbu Haggag Mosque, Luxor East Bank, prayer roomAbu Haggag Mosque, view from the western side, Luxor East Bank



Tomb of Haremhab Re-Opens, Luxor West Bank

(August 05, 2009)
After the installation of special equipment tomb KV57 in the Valley of the Kings re-opened. This tomb is the first to have such technology installed in an attempt to reduce and control the rate of humidity and heat, which has affected the tomb’s wall paintings in the past. A specialized German organisation provided the equipment. If all operates successfully it will be installed in all tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

(c)SCA Tomb of Haremhab - Entrance  Tomb of Haremhab - Map  Tomb of Haremhab - Wall Painting   Tomb of Haremhab - Wall Painting



Redevelopment of the Place at the Ferry Dock, Luxor West Bank

(August 03, 2009)
Building work at the place near to the western ferry dock is extensively finished now. The building operations included a small park with restaurant, arcades for shopping, a car port, a piece of a corniche with several accesses to the motor boats, and expansive street lighting.

Redevelopment of the place at the ferry dock, Luxor West Bank     Redevelopment of the place at the ferry dock, Luxor West Bank



Luxor Has a New Ferry!

(May 02, 2009)
Since today, the heavy steal ships are replaced by lighter pharaonic styled wooden ships. Now, one sits not anymore sidewards to the engine, but in short rows of benches facing the engine. The upper seats are sheltered. As before three ferry boats run at the same time. Also the price is constant.

Old ferry running between Luxor West and East   New ferry running between Luxor West and East



Women's Co-Operative El-Nur, Luxor West Bank

(March 19, 2009)
Tonight, an exhibition with handiworks is opened at the Marsam Hotel, the oldest hotel on the west bank. In 2007, 9 women from a poor background founded a co-operative entitled El Nur ("The light") in order to use their embroidering and sewing acconplishments for earning their lifelihood by placing their works on sale. The wall hangings, bags and cases will be showcased until 2nd of April.

Handiwork of the Women's Co-Operative El-Nur     Handiwork of the Women's Co-Operative El-Nur



Travelling without Convoys, Luxor

(January 01, 2009)
Until the 1st December travelling on the routes between Luxor and Hurghada, Luxor and Aswan, and Luxor and Abydos was just possible at definite times in police guarded convoys. For temple visits very limited time remained before the convoy went back. That's past now. You can start out whenever you want and take your time for sightings. For the present, the convoy operating between Aswan and Abu Simbel persists.

Nubian house at Aswan Temple of Seti I at Abydos



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