Luxor, Las Vegas

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    Luxor Obelisk

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Located in the front of the Temple of Luxor by the street is the replica pylon or obelisk. The carving are of episodes are from the Battle of Kadesh, when Ramesses and his army defeated the forces of the Hittites and their alliesis. The origianl is one of a red granite pair which Ramesses erected in front of the pylon and its twin now in the Place de la Concorde, in Paris.

    On the pedestal are carved the four sacred baboons who were the first to greet the morning sun. Three lines of vertical inscription on every face of the obelisk repeat the names and titles of Ramesses the Great: The Horus, Mighty Bull, Exalter of Thebes, Favorite of the Two Goddesses, establishing monuments in Luxor for his father Amun, who placed him upon the throne; Golden Horus, seeking excellent things for him who fashioned him; King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Usermare, Chosen of Re."http://www.touregypt.net/lxtmpl2.htm

    The cartouches are interesting and are complicated, but it has been educational in trying to learn what they say. I added a photo that illustrates what the cartouches stand for.

    This was sculpted by artist Stuart Land who has done beautiful work for many of the mega hotels in Las Vegas.

    Luxor
    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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    Luxor and Karnak Avenues of Sphinxes

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I am sure many folks have no idea this is a replica of a actual place, except you worldly VT travelers;^).

    It's called The Avenue of the Grand Criosphinxes (sphinx with the head of a ram instead of a human) that flanked the entrance to the Temples of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. This avenue (long stone processional street called a dromos)was more than 3 km long, and had at one time more than 2000 sphinxes. These were build by King Nectanebo 1 in the 4th century, about 1,000 years after the temples. At least Vegas tries to convey some history of the themes they copy.

    This was sculpted by artist Stuart Land who has done beautiful work for many of the mega hotels in Las Vegas.

    Luxor
    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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    Tomb of Nakht Paintings in Las Vegas?

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Although my travels are limited to the states and to certain places. I so enjoy some of the silliest details. Las Vegas is a easy place for us to visit and everytime we come across certain details that I think many people may not recognize. I can honestly say I appreciate the effort these mega resorts put into replicating some of the historical content of the themes of their hotels. I am not as worldly traveler as some of you wonderful VTer's, but I do read a lot and love history as you can tell. So seeing the front the Luxor I knew it had some historical reasoning to the design and landscaping.

    So I happened to look down in the parking lot, and I do not why it was not added to some more of area of honor, but I knew it replicated something significant.

    The painting is of The Tomb of Nakht on the West Bank at Luxor.

    The shows a flocks of rising birds and Nakhjt with his wife and their two small sons in a papyrus boat, holding hunting sticks. Called a double register scene. The top of the painting shows peasants gathering grapes, while others press them to make wine. In the lower painting shows the days catch of birds that are being dragged in a net, while others are sown carefully plucking and cleaning the birds (Mark Andrews, 2003).

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    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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    Experience the Luxor inside...

    by worldtrekker Written Sep 14, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Experience the Luxor inside and out. This is the 4th largest pyramid in the world! When it first opened in 1993, it was introduced as the ultimate in-your-face Las Vegas Casino. This forbidding pyramid of black glass and its colossal Sphinx stood guard not only to this casino but to the entire city. It dominated the southern approach to the Strip. Today, Mandalay Bay has been built next door and overshadows it.
    The pyramid itself is 350 feet high. In 1997, two huge step-pyramids were built on either side bringing the total rooms here to a staggering 4427. The Sphinx has also obviously had a face lift, if you look carefully at the two postcards (above and below). As the pyramid is hollow, you are in the world's largest atrium, which takes up 29 million cubic feet. If you stay here, you ride up to your room in elevators (known as inclinators) that follow a 39 degree slope. Accommodation here is very affordable, although more than at Excalibur. I believe I spent about $50 per night. As a guest, you'll have access to the attractively landscaped swimming pool around back.
    The Pharoah's Feast Buffet is very good. It is located downstairs, under the casino.

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    See the Luxor! The inside of...

    by worldtrekker Written Sep 14, 2002

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    Favorite thing: See the Luxor! The inside of the pyramid is every bit as dramatic as the outside. To reach the casino you pass through a reconstruction of the temple of Abu Simbel, guarded by two huge seated statues. Luxor employees in gold Egyptian costumes patrol the area and pose for souvenir photos. Around the perimeter you'll find some great ornamental decorations, statues, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Also, look out for the bare-breasted maidens outside the Ra nightclub.
    The most powerful artificial light ever created shines into the sky from the peak. It's said that it can be seen by planes circling over LA, 250 miles away. It's barely noticable though in the general neon glare of the Strip.

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    Wrap yourself in toilet paper

    by mht_in_la Updated Feb 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I saw Blue Man Group at Luxor in Vegas. It's only so so. The best part is music, which is NOT made from PVC pipes as many think, but performed by a regular band. Besides music, the show prides itself in getting the audience involved. But I think it's nonsense. For example, before the show begins, the staff distributes rolls and rolls of toilet paper and encourages the audience to "decorate themselves". Haha those who watch the whole show with toilet paper hanging from their head must feel stupid afterwards.

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    Too much caption

    by mht_in_la Updated Feb 2, 2005

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    Too much caption

    Favorite thing: Since the Blue Men don't speak, they rely on caption to "speak to" the audience a lot, as shown in photo. It's a waste of my time, and hard to read for those who sit in the back rows. If I want to read smart comments I'll just read New Yorker magazine or write some myself like I do everyday on VT.

    Again I enjoy the music the most (I hope there's more), and the strobe light effect is cool. Part of the show felt like Pink Floyd concert (although BMG refers to Jefferson Airplane in the end). BMG is the kind of show you only see once if you are curious at the first place.

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    ..... take a closer look at...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: ..... take a closer look at ancient Egypt. The LUXOR has become one of the landmarks of Las Vegas. At night, the laser beam from its top reaches far up into the sky.
    The rooms inside are different, too. The pyramid is hollow, so the rooms sort of hang from the walls - no idea how they did that. And the elevators can´t go straight up, of course, so they are 'inclinators'.

    A bit of a shock is the fact that in order to fill the interior of the pyramid, they built a cardboard Manhattan..... :-(

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    Go see the 'Blue Man Show'

    by Beach_dog Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go see the 'Blue Man Show'

    Fondest memory: One of the funniest shows I've seen, follow the hapless fools as the Aliens (or whatever they are) experience life on this planet. Musical accompaniment is superb. Audience participation and very very entertaining.

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    Rames III Relief

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 9, 2013
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    Favorite thing: I do not get to travel wordly and VT is fantastic because it allows me to see those parts of the world I will not get to see. So the Luxor, has these wonderful replicas of actual egyptian reliefs. So I wanted to learn more about them. Not an easy task, but the internet is a wonderful educational tool. This relief is located towards the front and on the sides of the hotel.

    This relief is called "Rameses III Censing and Libating before Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, protected by winged Isis".

    Original located in the The Tomb Of Rameses III:
    Front wall (left part)
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    Valley of the Kings East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
    Looking North
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, Rameses III

    Luxor
    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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    Khnumhotep II Relief

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 9, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Located towards the front of the Luxor Resort and Casino is a relief replica located in the Tomb of Khnumhotep II. He was an elite commoner - overseer of royal projects in the 12th Dynasty Middle Kingdom. Located within his tomb on the east wall flanking doorway, Khnumhotep and his wife are shown fishing and fowling in the marshes, on punts using harpoons; above the niche are exquisitely painted species of birds in flight.

    There are two sides and this is only the right side of the relief.

    Khnumhotep II Tomb is located in Beni Hasan approximately 20 kilometers to the south of modern-day Minya in the region known as Middle Egypt.

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    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
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    King Taharqa and Queen Tukahatamun Relief

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 9, 2013

    Favorite thing: This is Nubian (Sudan) King Taharqa and Queen Tukahatamun, 1849 A.D. Taharqa also ruled Kemet's (Ancient Egypt), 25th Dynasty

    Taharqa's reign can be dated from 690 BC to 664 BC. Taharqa was a pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and king of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan.

    This relief is of King Taharqa followed by Queen Takahatamun at Gebel Barkal (Nubia) bringing offerings to Amen Ra with Amun (disk headdress) and the Goddess Mut (Peshent crown).

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    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
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    The Tomb of Ramses II Relief

    by Yaqui Written Jun 9, 2013

    Favorite thing: This replica is a relief in The Tomb of Ramses II, Valley of the Kings, Thebes Egypt. It is Horus and Pharaoh Rames II wearing the Triple Atef / Hemhem / Mandulis Crown

    Triple Rush Crown set on long spiral ram's horns and flanked with ostrich feathers, often with a Uraeus (cobra) on either side, each surmounted by a solar disk. Frequently combined with the Nemes. The name of the crown means "scream" or "war cry."

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    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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    Anubis Embalming God and "BA"Egyptian soul

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 9, 2013

    Favorite thing: This relief is of Anubis the god with the Jackal Head and Ba:
    Anubis was the Egyptian god of the dead, depicted with the black head of a jackal or dog. Many Egyptian gods were perceived as 'human hybrids' depicted with human bodies with the heads of animals. The ancient Egyptians did not worship animals - the depiction of a god as an animal was a device to visually convey the identity, qualities and attributes of the god. Egyptian Gods, like Anubis, were always depicted as young & healthy. Any gods with black symbols (like the black headed jackal symbol of Anubis) were closely connected with death and the Afterlife.http://landofpyramids.org/anubis.htm

    Ba (ba)
    Appearance: The ba was always portrayed as a human-headed bird, usually a human-headed falcon. The ba bird was often shown hovering over the deceased's mummy or leaving or entering the tomb at will.

    Meaning: The word ba is usually translated as "soul" or "spirit". However, ba is probably better translated as "spiritual manifestation."

    The ba is one of the specific components of the human being as understood in Egyptian thought. In the New Kingdom, the ba was a spiritual aspect of the human being which survived - or came into being - at death. It was endowed with the person's individuality and personality. The ba occasionally revisited the tomb of the deceased, for the dead body was its rightful home.http://www.egyptianmyths.net/ba.htm

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    Rameses II Statues

    by Yaqui Written Jun 9, 2013
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    Favorite thing: These statues are in the front of Luxor Hotel & Casino and are probably frequently photographed. They represent Rameses II at his Temple in Abu Simbel. If you notice his cartouches with the title of his name on each of his arms and chest. He sits upon a throne and on the bottom of the throne are reliefs. One of them are nubian slaves. The last photo is of another relief of Rameses II name in honor and these gods are wearing Hapi head gear they signifies he rules both god of Upper and Lower Egypt.

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    3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1000
    (800) 851-1703

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