The best sights to see in Egypt
Egypt is the one of the most ancient lands on Earth and is home to some of the most spectacular sites of the ancient world as well as more modern marvels. We take at look at some of the must see sights; the following list will highlight just a few of the best and most famous locales.
Pyramids of Giza
The must see attraction of Egypt is of course the world famous Pyramids of Giza. They are one of the most recognisable landmarks in on Earth and are the only survivors out of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. The largest of the three, the great pyramid was built by the Pharaoh Khufu and his son and grandson. Construction of the Pyramids ended around 2560 BC making them some of the oldest surviving manmade structures left in existence. Another must see site at this location is the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Cruise the River Nile
The Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt and has provided the lands people with rich fertile farmland for countless generations. The best way to take in the world’s longest river is by boat and a Nile cruise is just the ticket. For the adventurous type you should take a Felucca, an ancient type of boat that has been used on the river for eons. The river passes by some fantastic views and landmarks including the spectacular ruins of Abu Simbel.
Just north of the Egyptian/Sudanese border is the magnificent site of Abu Simbel. The location hosts two enormous rock-cut temples o the western bank of Lake Nasser on the Nile River. The temples were built by Ramesses the Great in the 13th century BC as a lasting monument to himself and his queen. Abu Simbel is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations and it’s not difficult to see why.
The ancient site of Karnak located outside of the city of Luxor is the largest ancient religious site ever built and despite its badly ruined state it remains a spectacular reminder of Ancient Egyptian power and building skill. The temple complex consists of three main temples surrounded by smaller ones and outer buildings. Karnak is the second most visited city in Egypt being second only to the Pyramids of Giza.
Red Sea reef
The Red sea off of the coast of the popular tourist destination of Sharm el-sheikh is often regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world to go snorkelling or scuba diving. The seas waters are famous for their clarity and exotic coral reefs.
The Egyptian Museum
Cairo’s top attraction the Egyptian museum hosts over 120,000 ancient Egyptian antiquities and relics. The two floors of this enormous museum house extensive collections of Egyptian artefacts including objects taken from the Valley of the Kings and the infamous tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen. The Royal room contains 27 royal mummies ranging from Pharaohs and Queens.