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The Sphinx and the Pyramids of GizaLocated in south-west Cairo, this is probably the world’s most famous historical site and no trip to Egypt could ever be complete without a visit. While it’s true that the land of the pharaohs contains more than 120 pyramids, it’s also a fact that those in the vicinity of the Giza necropolis are the most impressive and certainly the best preserved. You can actually venture inside some of these pyramids which were constructed by three generations of pharaohs. And when visiting such an important site – which also has causeways, temples and ‘queen pyramids’ to see – it is worth hiring the services of a local guide to make the most of your experience. Though always considered part of the same complex, the site of the famous Sphinx lies a little way further into the valley. This iconic spectacle is well worth a visit, and each evening the famous monument is also the focus of a spectacular sound and light display.
The library of AlexandriaOccupying a site on the Mediterranean sea coast, modern Alexandria is Egypt’s major port and a busy transportation hub. This ancient city was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, and in those days was regarded as the crossroads of the known world. However, a series of catastrophic earthquakes in the 14th century destroyed a number of Alexandria’s most renowned historical sites. This included the famous library of Alexandria, a repository of ancient learning said to house more than 500,000 books. Though modern-day Alexandria no longer has the same status it enjoyed in ancient times, it still contains many cultural features and treasured relics of the past.
Valley of the KingsThanks to Egypt’s climate, many ancient structures have been preserved. However, this is not the only reason we have so many relics of this ancient civilization. The complex burial practices of the pharaohs and their beliefs about the after life have also played their part in ensuring the remains in the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of Tutankhamun, Ramses II and other rulers, have survived for 4,500 years in such good condition on the west bank of Luxor. Seeing such splendour for the first time helps visitors to understand how early explorers and archaeologists must have felt when they discovered such historical riches.
The temple of Karnak in LuxorLuxor contains some of the ancient world’s greatest temples. And none is more impressive than the grand temple of Karnak. Dedicated to the pharaoh Amun-Re, the present site was mostly constructed from the beginning of the eighteenth dynasty. However, parts of this enormous temple actually date back as far as the eleventh dynasty. This was the time of the pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom who ruled in Egypt around 2100 BC. The most iconic sector of the Karnak temple is known as the hypostyle hall. This massive structure contains 134 columns built to a height of up to 21 metres. Walking this area feels like travelling through an ancient maze and it is a staggering thought that a three-kilometre avenue of thousands of sphinxes once led to this sacred site.
Abu SimbelAbu Simbel is quite difficult to access, and the flight from Aswan takes around an hour. A journey by bus or taxi can take 3-4 hours, but your reward is a breathtaking site which has UNESCO world status. The Abu Simbel rock temples were built by Ramesses II (also known as Ramesses the Great) around 3,250 years ago as a symbol of his authority over the Nubian people. A smaller and lesser known temple dedicated to his queen Nefertari was built nearby, and the whole site contains magnificent statues as well as murals and reliefs which relate to the power, prestige and courage in battle of Ramesses.
The temple of LuxorSituated on the banks of the Nile in the centre of the town of Luxor, the temple of Luxor is reputed to be the place were the pharaohs of the New Kingdom were once crowned. Even Alexander the Great spoke of being crowned in this majestic temple which has a grand obelisk and an avenue of sphinxes. Work on building this temple began as early as 1600 BC, but the major parts of the complex are thought to have been completed by Ramesses II and Tutankhamun. Those who can visit this temple in the hours before sunset will get to enjoy a further stunning spectacle because the structure is beautifully illuminated once darkness falls.
Pyramid of SaqqaraThe pharaoh Djoser is reputed to have constructed the first authentic step pyramid during the Old Kingdom sometime around the 27th century BC. The Saqqara site lies within a vast burial complex which contains some smaller pyramids and tombs. For those who are interested in Egyptian history but cannot find time to make a trip, there’s always the chance to consider Egyptian-themed online slot games. Playing the Cleopatra slot: Throne of Egypt would be a great choice to give you an authentic taste of ancient Egypt.
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