The land of the pharaohs is magnificent for the grandeur with which Egyptians pays homage to both life and death.
As the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced that Egypt would play host to the 2019 edition, the appeal of this ancient African country has ramped up a notch.
Key attractions undoubtedly include the pyramids in Cairo to the temples and tombs in Luxor - earning the North African destination the title as a fascinating, timeless land.
Not without its conflict, Egypt's tourism levels took a considerable dip in the aftermath of the Arab Spring which started in 2011. However the destination remains relatively safe, with authorities aiming to ease security concerns.
Giving the world the mysteries of the pyramids, the land of Tut is culturally hinged on its homage to ancient pharaohs. Deep dive into its main cultural highlights with these top suggestions.
One of the must-see stops on a tour of the cultural highlights of Egypt. It is a physical testament to the glorious past and continuous history of Egypt from the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt to the 14th century when a mosque was built in the complex. The temple exhibits the influences of various pharaohs such as Ramses II, Amenhotep III and Tutankhamen over the years with statues and images of them carved in the walls.
Giza pyramid complex
There is perhaps no monument so imposing and so iconic on the planet as that seen at the Giza Plateau. The Great Pyramids of Giza is the greatest pyramid complex in the world. As the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, this is one cultural highlight that needs no further explanation. Nearby you can also find the Solar Boat Museum and the Sphinx.
Abu Simbel temples
Another one of Egypt's breathtaking cultural highlights harks back to the time of Pharaohs. It is the second most visited site in Egypt and is astounding to behold. The most popular temple is dedicated to Ramses II and was built during his reign in the 13th century BC. These colossal structures show giant seated figures of Ramses and are more than worth the trip.
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