Avenue of Sphinxes

The Avenue of Sphinxes was the site of ceremonial processions and originally connected the temples of Luxor and Karnak, although it is considerably more recent than either of those sites, dating to around 380 BC. It stretched some 1.5 miles (2.7 kilometers) and would once have had 1,350 sphinxes lining its sides. Around half of those have been uncovered, with many reworked by later civilizations or sitting in museums. Much of the avenue itself is covered by modern buildings.

There are dozens of examples in various states of preservation forming the immediate approach to each temple. Some of them bear the cat-like features of the famous Great Sphinx at Giza, others have rams’ heads. The entire avenue is the subject of a major ongoing excavation project.

Practical Info

The visible parts of the Avenue of Sphinxes form the main approaches to both the Karnak Temple and the more centrally located Luxor Temple.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

Take a half-day private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. You'll see two of the most impressive temples in Upper Egypt ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.30
$48.00 Save $5.70

Karnak Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Experience the beauty of the Temples of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a journey into Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

From USD $34.20
$38.00 Save $3.80

Luxor East Bank Tour - Luxor and Karnak Temples

Enjoy an afternoon with a private tour to explore Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples. The beautiful Temples of Karnak will start your day, then take an ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

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