Ancient Egypt: 5 Top attractions to explore

2019-01-09 06:00
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The land of the pharaohs is magnificent for the grandeur with which Egyptians pays homage to both life and death.  

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.  

From the iconic Great Pyramids, to snaking languidly along the Nile, these are the must-do attractions when visiting this North African Country.

Top attractions in Egypt:

Pyramids of Giza

Perhaps Egypt's most iconic site, no pyramids are more celebrated than the Great Pyramids of Giza. Located on a plateau on the west bank of the Nile River, within sight of contemporary Cairo, the biggest of the bunch - the Great Pyramid - is the only surviving structure out of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Valley of the Kings

Located on Luxor's West Bank, on the ancient site of Thebes, the Valley of Kings is the ancient burial ground of many of Egypt's former rulers. At the Valley of Kings, other than the tomb of Ramses IV, you will be able to explore the site where Tutankhamen's tomb was famously discovered in 1922.  

The River Nile

Without the River Nile there would have been no ancient Egypt nor would there have been the Egypt of modernity. All life in Egypt is and has been centred around its waters and fertile banks. The majesty and scale of this river is only rivalled by that of the Amazon in South America. 

Temple of Philae

Located in a beautiful setting, the Temple of Philae is a magnificent tribute to the goddess Isis. The original site of the temple was relocated by UNESCO after it was threatened by local construction but it still maintains much of its charm and beauty. With several shrines and sanctuaries such as Pharaoh's Bed, there is much to see and gaze on in wonder at. 

Abu-Simbel Temples

280 kilometres south of Aswan and a mere 40 kilometres north of the Sudanese border, the Abu-Simbel Temples are another UNESCO World Heritage Site in this country with a number of them. Set atop a hill overlooking the river Nile, the temples are dedicated to Ramses II and Nefertari.  

Library of Alexandra

For a deep dive into the culture and history of Egypt, look no further than the Library of Alexandra in the town named after Alexander the Great. It was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world and its modern iteration operates in keeping that spirit alive. 

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