Egypts Ancient Appeals
Posted on March 07, 2013 by sguese
It is hard to top Egypt. It is the land that gave birth to the first great civilization of this
world. It holds the pyramids, the Nile and an ocean of sand stretching infinitely to the Sahara. The country is a place where God laid down the law to Moses. With traces of the ancient Greeks, the Romans, Christians and Arab dynasties, Egypt is far from something special. It is monumental in the shaping of the world as a whole.
Cairo serves as the chaotic capital to Egypt, known all too often for its noise, traffic and hawkers. However, there is more to this city with its crumbling 19th and 20th century mansions and museums showcasing the priceless wealth of ancient Egypt’s antiquities. Over 16 million people call Cairo home, wanting to be apart of this cluttered chaos. Visitors shouldn’t miss the standard Cairo attractions, but also the Medieval Islamic Cairo. The area confuses with its warren of streets and mosques at every corner.
The Pyramids of Giza
Just over from the capital and a short drive away with Cairo car hire, the Pyramids of Giza are easily one of the greatest architectural feats by man, if not the greatest. The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the site itself holds three main pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each tomb was dedicated to a different king in Egypt’s history. Watching guard at the front lines is the iconic Sphinx.
If you haven’t had enough of ancient Egypt, you will want to head to Abu Simbel, perhaps one of the country’s most recognized monuments. The site holds two temples built for pharaoh Ramses II. What is truly remarkable about these tombs is that they were dismantled and physically moved up 60 meters up a cliff.
A Felucca down the Nile
If you are going to travel while in Egypt, you can certainly go by car, bus or taxi, but the felucca is how the ancients traveled around this country. The sailboats have been used as a means of transport on the Nile since antiquity. Depending on how long you want to be out on a more rough around the edges felucca, short sunset sails or longer cruises are offered in the country.
The Valley of the Kings
One the ancient site of Thebes, the Valley of the Kings presents, where the pharaohs had high hopes of a great afterlife. Most of Egypt’s pharaohs were buried here and hoped to meet the gobs. Perhaps the most notable attraction is Tutankhamen’s tomb.
The Red Sea
Egypt has quickly become one of the top beach destinations for travelers for its Red Sea waters. Divers and swimmers appreciate the Red Sea shores in Egypt for their clear waters. One of the best spots for some of the world’s clearest waters and spectacular coral reefs is Hurghada.
Leave a Reply