Luxor’s souks (markets) offer all sorts of souvenirs, clothing and jewelry, some of it kitsch, some fine and uniquely crafted. As you visit the necropolis, now as in centuries past, souvenir sellers will display statuettes of the animal-headed gods made of alabaster and stone. The Valleys of the Kings and Queens are dotted with alabaster workshops, where this translucent local stone is handcrafted into vases, bowls and statues. The mud-brick buildings are covered with brightly colored paintings showing scenes of ancient and modern Egyptian life.
Inaugurated in 2007, the library offers a selection of Egyptology related books, a well-equipped maproom, and multi-media presentations describing local history. A children’s play, study area and internet facilities make the library a welcome addition to the community and a place for amateur Egyptologists of every nationality to deepen their knowledge. Karnak Temple St. (Shara Maa’bad al- Karnak).