Definitions for "Thebes"
Keywords:  luxor, karnak, egypt, temple, city
place - site in Upper Egypt that served as administrative and religious center for New Kingdom Egypt. Now called " Luxor" (from Arabic al-Uqsuur - "The Palaces").
During the 18th Dynasty (ca. 1550 - 1295 B.C.), the city of Weset was founded by Amenhotep I; better known by its Greek name, Thebes, it became the heart of the country. It was at this time that the Great Temple of Amon in Karnak became the country's most important religious center and the royal necropolises were excavated in he Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.
city in southern Egypt that was a major administrative center; site of the great temple of Amun at Karnak