Egyptian Tourist Attractions Visit a country live, and immersed in culture. Buildings and civilizations that have been since the origins of civilization!
The Sphinx • Carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, the Sphinx is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom. • Because of the changing desert terrain, the body of the Sphinx has been buried several times over the past several thousand years. Most recently in 1905, the sand has been cleared away to expose the magnitude and beauty of the entirety of the Sphinx. The paws themselves are 50 feet long while the entire length is 150 feet . The head is 30 feet long and 14 feet wide.
The Pyramids • There are no more famous ancient sites within Egypt, or for that matter elsewhere in the world, than the Great Pyramids at Giza. They are, without question, the icon most associated with the Egypt. They have been both the main destination for tourists, and a source of imaginative thought to the world for over three thousand years.
Valley of the Kings • The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt contains many of the tombs of pharaohs from the New Kingdom, including TutankhamenRam sees the Second. • The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. • The area has been a focus of concentrated archaeological and Egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. • Has become one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
Abu Simbel • Next to the Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel is perhaps the most recognized monument of ancient Egypt. The two temples built for the pharaoh Ramesses II have been attracting visitors since Victorian times. Almost as impressive as the monument itself is the story of its restoration in the 1960's. The temples had to be dismantled and physically moved 60 meters up a cliff where they were reassembled in the exact same relation to each other and the sun.
Temples of Karnak • The spectacular Temples of Karnak are not to be missed when you travel to Egypt. • Karnak is like a theme park of ancient Egyptian religion - in which every god and goddess of that civilization was represented over a period of about 2,000 years • Karnak is the largest and probably also the most impressive temple complex in the world.
The Egyptian Museum • The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is one of the first stops on most people's itineraries when traveling to Egypt. With over 120,000 artifacts, the museum houses an incredible display depicting ancient Egypt's glorious reign. You can enjoy mummies, sarcophagi, pottery, jewelry and of course King Tutankhamen's treasures. King Tut's goodies include his socks, underwear and the boy-king's death-mask made of solid gold, described as the most beautiful object ever made. The displays are not all labeled very well and it's a little haphazard but you'll enjoy it nevertheless.
COLOSSI OF MEMNON • The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. • The twin statues depict Amenhotep III (14th century BC) in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze turned eastward toward the river and the rising sun. • The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep's memorial temple (or mortuary temple): a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh's lifetime, where he was worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world. In its day, this temple complex was the largest and most opulent in Egypt.
The Pharaonic Village • The Pharaonic Village is located 3 miles (5 Km) south of downtown Cairo at Jacob island. It is built as a small city that depicts the life in ancient Egypt. Approximately 100 actors and actresses perform all the daily activities of the ancient Egyptians including agriculture, pottery, weaving, sculpturing, wine -making, papyrus (paper making), perfume making, etc.... During this entire trip you are transported by floating amphitheaters through canals in the village.
Valley Of The Queens • The Valley of the Queens is an isolated cemetery, at the southern part of the vast necropolis of Thebes, on the west bank of Luxor. It contains about 70 tombs, mainly belonging to Queens, Princesses, Princes and Nobles, who lived during the XIX and XX Dynasties. In general, these tombs are smaller than the ones of the Kings. The plans of these tombs usually consist of a small antechamber, a long narrow corridor with several side chambers, and at the end - the burial chamber