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Shopping

Shopping

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.

The main souk, with its recently widened central artery (entrance near the east side of the Luxor Temple) is fragrant with spices, perfumes and incense, and open from around 10am until midnight. Near its northern end, on the way to the Luxor Museum, the local market begins. Especially on Tuesday mornings, townspeople flock there to buy groceries and fresh produce.