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12 top rated tourist attractions in Egypt

By : vacations in Egypt | October 20, 2020
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Tourist attractions in Egypt

Egypt is rich in historical, artistic, and landscape treasures of extraordinary beauty and importance, so much so that it is one of the most popular tourist destinations for tourists from all over the world. From the great pyramids of Giza to the lost oases in the Great Sand Sea, from the majestic temples witnesses of a great past to the mythical waters of the Nile, Egypt is the favorite place for lovers of ancient civilizations and vast territories to explore, where the journey is a continuous discovery.

In some respects, we can say that there are in fact two different faces of Egypt. The first is the Egypt of Cairo and the Nile, the bazaars that animate the medieval alleys, the pyramids and the Sphinx. The second is instead that of the Red Sea, where there are many seaside resorts and luxury resorts so loved by tourists in search of sunny beaches and seabed to explore.

also, Temples, pyramids, tombs, and sphinxes from the Pharaonic era, are interspersed with Muslim mosques and Coptic churches. But, besides knowing the most surprising archaeological remains of the place, the traveler can enjoy the varied night offer of Cairo, to swim in the wonderful beaches of the Red Sea or to take a walk on the banks of the Nile.

Tourist attractions in Egypt Cairo

Pyramids of Giza

pyramids of giza tour

Giza Necropolis The Giza Pyramids, located outside Cairo, are Egypt’s most popular attractions. The construction of the pyramids took place over a period of time spanning three generations, the reign of Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaure. At 139 m high, the Pyramid of Khufu is the highest in Egypt, this complex of the Giza pyramids has amazed travelers throughout time and has had archaeologists scratching their heads for years as they try to figure out how they were built centuries ago.

Egyptian Museum

If you want to see the most important tourist attraction of Egypt you can’t miss this place. A treasure of the Pharaonic world, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has one of the largest collections of museums around the world. The faded pink mansion is home to a dazzling amount of exhibits. It is a place without order with little labeling on the works and not much chronological order but that is half of its charm, being a museum in the style of the old school. Above is the golden glory of King Tutankhamen and the fascinating exhibitions of the royal mummies.

but in reality, every corner of this site is home to wonderful pieces of ancient art or statues that would form a highlight of any other museum.

Islamic Cairo

The bustling streets of the capital’s Islamic Cairo neighborhood are filled with mosques, madrasas (Islamic schools of learning), and monuments dating from the Fatimid era through the Mamluks. This is where the commercial souk of Khan el-Khalili is located, where the copper craftsmen still have their small workshops and stalls and we see stores loaded with ceramics, textiles, spices and perfumes. Surrounding the market is a jumble of roads, home to some of the most beautiful examples of preserved architecture from the old Islamic empires.

There is a wealth of history here to explore which makes this place one of Egypt’s best tourist attractions. Visit the Al-Azhar Mosque and the dazzling Sultan Hassan Mosque making sure to under the roof of the ancient medieval gate of Bab Zuweila from where you will see some of the best views of the minarets in the whole district

Tourist attractions in Luxor Egypt

Karnak Temple

temple of karnak in egypt

The Temple of Karnak is united to the Temple of Luxor, by hardly a distance of 4 kilometers, which is crossed through an avenue of sphinxes with the head of the ram, an animal associated with the god Amon, in honor to whom the Temple of Karnak was built, The Karnak Temple represents the creation of the universe, and it is the biggest temple of all Egypt, with a perimeter of about 2,400 meters and a wall with a thickness of 8 meters. Its construction was carried out by 30 pharaohs and was carried out between the years 2200 and 360 B.C. 

The entrance to the temple is presided over by enormous stone pylons, which welcome the visitor who can see the entrance patio, the temple of Ramses III, and the enormous hypostyle hall, formed by 134 columns of colossal dimensions. Inside the temple, there was a sacred lake, which served to perform the worship of the god, in addition to numerous chapels and rooms.

Temple of Luxor

The Temple of Luxor, which was built between 1,400 and 1,000 B.C. during the reign of the pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramsés II, is a colossal construction of 260 meters high erected in honor of the god Amon. At the entrance to the temple, we will find the enormous pylon where we can observe the curious bas-reliefs representing the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites. Two huge giants representing Ramses II guard the entrance to the temple, inside which we can find several chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. 

On the walls inside the temples, we can admire various scenes representing different battles, as well as representations of some religious cults of the time.

Valley of the Kings

One of the essential visits in Egypt is the Valley of the Kings, located 10 kilometers northwest of Lúxor. It’s an enclosure in which there are a total of 62 tombs of some of the most important pharaohs of Egypt belonging to the New Empire, the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth dynasties. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Valley of the Kings, in addition to the remains of some of the most important monarchs, shows us tombs of queens, princes, and their pets.

Many of the tombs are decorated with engravings of unique beauty, several of which represent the deceased in an act of worship or other activities, as well as scenes from the lives of the workers who carried out their construction. Once the visit to the Valley of the Kings is over, it is worth stopping to contemplate the figures of the Colossus of Memnon, which represent the figure of Pharaoh Amenhotep III sitting facing east.

Temple of Hatshepsut

The Temple of Hatshepsut, located a short distance from the Valley of the Kings, in Deir el Bahari, is one of the most important temples in Egypt and was built during the reign of the queen of the same name, Hatshepsut, who in addition to being a queen, held the title of Great Royal Wife. Its construction is formed by diverse terraces, being one of the most original temples of all those that we can visit in Egypt, which was constructed in its greater part inside a rock. It has the particularity that it is free of walls so that all the people could contemplate it from outside.

Its interior is formed by various chapels in honor of gods like Anubis or Hathor, the latter represented by a woman with cow ears. Some of its terraces were once richly decorated with palm trees, fruit trees, vineyards, and even ponds.

Temple of Abydos

The dusty village of Abydos would not have much to offer for tourism if it weren’t for the incredible temple at its entrance. The Osiris Temple at Abydos is one of the most fascinating artistic treasures of ancient Egypt. Its columns and thick walls covered with beautiful hieroglyphics and intricate paintings are a bewitching sight, and even better, you can admire them without the crowds because, despite their dazzling beauty, they receive few visitors compared to the temples of Luxor.

Tourist attractions in Aswan Egypt

Kom Ombo Temple

First, we highlight the Temple of Kom Ombo, built between 1350 and 180 BC by order of Ramses II. It was erected in honor of the god Horus, who is represented by the shape of a falcon, and the god Sobek, represented by a human body with a crocodile head. One of the particularities of this temple is its perfect symmetry since the temple was erected in honor of the god Horus. Today it is only possible to imagine what was the original grandeur of this temple, given that the flooding of the Nile, the earthquakes, being have left a large part of the temple destroyed.

In the vicinity of the Temple of Kom Ombo, you can visit the Crocodile Museum, which exhibits the mummies of several crocodiles found during the excavations, probably preserved in honor of the god Sobek.

Temple of Abu Simbel

One of the most important temples that we cannot miss in Aswan is the Temple of Abu Simbel. For many centuries it remained hidden under the sand until it was discovered by J.L Burckhardt in 1813. On the occasion of the construction of the Aswan Dam, the temple was moved several meters from its original location. At the entrance door, we will be received by the figures of the 4 enormous giants representing Ramses II, which seem to be accompanied by small sculptures, which represent his relatives. Three of them remain in good condition.

Its interior is formed by various chapels in honor of gods like Anubis or Hathor, the latter represented by a woman with cow ears. Some of its terraces were once richly decorated with palm trees, fruit trees, vineyards, and even ponds.

tourist attractions in Egypt
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