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151 Luxor and Temple of Karnak

As mentioned in chapter twenty of Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow, Luxor is the capital of Luxor Governorate located in Upper Egypt. Once known as Thebes, Luxor is home to an estimated amount of 488,000 people. This ancient Egyptian city is one of the world’s greatest attractions, often characterized as the “world’s greatest open air museum”.

Luxor

The city of Luxor receives thousands of tourists each year to witness the breath-taking monuments that were created centuries ago. Like many other cities in Egypt, the economy of Luxor relies heavily on tourism. After the Luxor Massacre in 1997, excavation and renovation of the Avenue of Sphinxes is progressing in hopes to draw tourists and restore earnings that may have been lost over the years due to the event.

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Amongst the glamour of Luxor lies Karnak, a blend of temples, chapels, and buildings. The complex is divided into four main parts, however, only the Precinct of Amun-Re is currently open for tourists. Here, hieroglyphics and other marks can be found inscribed on the walls of any of the one-hundred and thirty-four massive columns amongst the complex.

The Luxor and Temple of Karnak are significant to Ragtime after J.P Morgan expresses his interest in Henry Ford joining him on a trip to Egypt. Morgan asks, “Will you do that? It will require no investment on your part. We must go to Luxor and Karnak” (Doctrow 151). Although Ford did not end up traveling with Morgan on the expedition to Egypt, both men became members of a secret and exclusive club in America, ironically called, The Pyramid.


Sources:

http://www.touregypt.net/luxor/

Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:44  

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