When one thinks of an African country, the commonest of the images that flash in front of the eyes are exotic wildlife, adventure safaris, tall mountains, endless jungles, etc. However, there’s one country in Africa which sways away from your predictable image of an African country. Egypt!
Circumcenterd by Africa, Asia, and Middle East, Egypt offers a mixed culture of different continents. Egypt has always been a popular tourist destination in the world, and with its treasury of earlier civilisation’s artifacts and heritage sites, there are a number of amazing places to visit in Egypt.
So, if you are planning a visit to this amazing country soon, then here are a few recommended places to visit in Egypt;
The Great Sphinx of Giza
One of the most relatable and popular structure in Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza is one place you simply cannot afford to miss. The huge structure, carved out of limestone on the Giza plateau, has an interesting look with a body of a lion and a face of ancient Egyptian king.
Abu Simbel Temples
Located in the village of Abu Simbel, in the southern Egypt part of Nubia, Abu Simbel Temples are two huge rock temples; built around 1264BC. These marvelous pieces of architecture were built under the rule of king Ramses II, 4 giant statues of whom are carved at the façade of the temple.
If you wish to explore a typical oasis life from the past, a visit to the Badr Musem in Farafra desert is a must. And guess what, you can even get to meet the creator of this astonishing museum himself; Badr Abdel Moghny. Badr has used his extraordinary talent to create art work of mud, sand, and stone which depicts a traditional oasis life.
Colossi of Memnon
A trip to Egypt offers plethora of opportunities to look back at the ancient lifestyle and art works. The Colossi of Memnon is yet another such monumental place to visit in Egypt. Two huge statues, cut out of single blocks of sandstone, depict seated king on a throne with imagery of his mother, his wife, the god Hapy, and other symbolic engravings. The statues are located in the city of Luxor, and are one of the recommended places to visit in Egypt.
The famous Coptic Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. Founded in the year 1908, by Marcus Simaika, the museum depicts the Egyptian history from its inception to the modern present day.
Giza Pyramid Complex
Would you consider your trip to Paris complete without a visit to the great Eiffel Tower? What about considering a trip to New York complete without visiting the majestic Statue of Liberty? Well, you wouldn’t; right!? Similarly, your trip to Egypt certainly cannot be considered complete without a visit to the Giza Pyramid Complex. An ancient archaeological site which houses ancient monuments of Egypt; including the world famous heritage site of Great Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Sphinx.
Famously known as the ‘City of Ancient Temples’, Karnak was formed nearly 2000 years ago. This ancient complex houses some of the massive heritage monuments in Egypt; including decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings.
Considered to be the largest and most significant religious center in ancient Egypt, the Luxor temple dates back to late 14th century BC. Situated on the east bank of river Nile, the temple took hundreds of years and several rulers to finally come in shape; including Ramses II and Tutankhamun.
Another strongly recommended place to visit in Luxor is the unique and interesting mummification museum. This is a great opportunity to unveil and learn one of the greatest secrets of the pharaohs. At the mummification museum, you not only get to learn the steps of ancient mummification process, but also the theory behind it.
Valley of The Kings
A massive barren tract in the hills located west of mainland Luxor, which was turned into the burial site for the pharaohs of 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasty. Similar to the pyramids of Giza and the Nile Delta which were chosen as the burial site for kings from old dynasties, the new kingdom pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, chose to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south, and thus was formed the Valley of The Kings.
Egypt is one country that would give you the glimpse of ancient world and lifestyle in its best original forms. So, if you are planning a trip soon, make sure you add these wonderful sites in your list of places to visit in Egypt.