The World According To Google - satellite pictures of the most interesting places on the World, satellite maps: Most interesting places of the World (on google maps)

Choose category

Shortcut » Newest places | Posts with videos | Selected places | Submit interesting place

Random places:


Hotel and Casino Luxor, Las Vegas, USA

February 17th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, was one of the resort city's first fully-themed megaresorts. Ground was broken for the Luxor in 1991, the same year that construction began on the Treasure Island and the current MGM Grand. It has an Ancient Egyptian motif and contains a total of 4,407 rooms lining the interior walls of a hollow pyramid and contained within two twin ziggurat towers. It opened on October 15, 1993.

It is located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, opposite McCarran International Airport. The resort is flanked by the Mandalay Bay to the south and by the Excalibur to the north; all three are connected by free express and local trams. All three properties were built by Mandalay Resort Group, formerly known as Circus Circus Enterprises. In June 2004, the Mandalay Resort Group was purchased by MGM MIRAGE adding this hotel to its vast array of properties on the "Strip". It can be considered the "middle child" of Mandalay's south strip properties, both in terms of age (it opened in 1993; the Excalibur opened in 1990, while Mandalay Bay opened in 1999) and level of luxury.

The Luxor is arguably among the most recognizable hotels on the strip because of its striking design. Designed by renowned hotel architect Veldon Simpson, the main portion of the hotel is a 350-foot-high (106 meters), 30-story pyramid of black glass (in comparison, the Great Pyramid of Giza tops out at 450 ft, or 137 m). The hotel is marked by a large obelisk with the name of the property in lighted letters, while the porte-cochere travels underneath a massive recreation of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward – it is the brightest beam in the world, and is visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas valley at night, and can be seen at flight level from above Los Angeles, California, over 275 miles (440 km) away. In the spring, the bright light attracts huge numbers of moths into the light beam, creating a phenomenon that has been likened to snow. The beam is currently powered by 39 Xenon lamps operating at 7,000 watts each at an hourly operating cost of $53 (lamps, repairs, and electricity costs). The beam's output is rated at 41.5 billion candlepower.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Send by: pablo

One Response to “Hotel and Casino Luxor, Las Vegas, USA”

  1. Rigo R. Says:

    Does anybody know the height of the Obelisk outside the Luxor? (The one which has the words LUXOR in green)
    contact me at !!!

Leave a Reply