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Cairo, the ldquo;City of a Thousand Minarets , the ldquo;Victorious City , the city whose superlatives can never match its beauty, its grace! The largest, busiest, and noisiest city in, not only Egypt, not only Africa, but the whole of the Middle Eas

Antiquity Museums

When you think about ancient antiquities museums, the one that comes to mind first is the Egyptian Museum in Downtown Cairo; after all it has been a major tourist attraction since it opened in 1902. However Egypt has many more museums that are dedica

The Citadel of Saladin

Built between 1176 and 1183CE the Citadel of Saladin stands on the highest point in Cairo, Mokattam Hills, giving it a superb view over the city. Salah Al Din (Saladin) decided to build it here to protect Cairo from any invaders, being part of a wall

Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum, or the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, dates back to 1825, when a decree by Mohamed Ali Pasha was made that called for the establishment of a building to house ancient artefacts that had been discovered in Egypt. In 1858, the fir

Sound and Light Shows

Though not included in the majority of tour company package tours, the evening sound and light shows at five of Egypt rsquo;s major sites (Abu Simbel, Edfu, Giza, Karnak, and Philae) are something that should not be missed. Each one is unique, focuss

Khan El Khalili Bazaar

This street bazaar is one of those ldquo;not to be missed locations for visitors to Cairo. When it was originally built by Emir Djaharks El Khalili, in 1382, it was intended to be a caravanserai, but soon it was converted into a bazaar by the additio

Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx

For over 4,000 years the Giza Pyramids, and the Sphinx, have majestically stood and watched as the surrounding areas have grown and expanded into the metropolis we now know as Giza, which in turn is part of the enormous Cairo metropolitan area. As fa


Situated 19 miles (30 kilometres) south of Cairo, Sakkara (also spelt Saqqara) is a massive site which, along with Dashur; Abu Sir; Zawyet El Aryan; Giza; and Abu Rawash, forms what is commonly known as the Memphite Necropolis. Sakkara is, by far, th


All that is left of the ancient city of Memphis can be seen at the present day town of Mit Rahina. All historical accounts, which refer to Memphis and its greatness, indicate that it was once an extremely large city with a population of around 30,000


About 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the south of Cairo, is the site of Dashur (also spelt Dahshur), the southernmost site in the Memphite Necropolis, which is best known for two of its pyramids, Snefru rsquo;s Bent and Red Pyramids, but there are anoth


Founded by Alexander the Great in c.331 BCE, Alexandria grew to be one of the most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean, as well as the capital of Egypt; a position it proudly held for around a thousand years. Its status was lost with the Mu

Library of Alexandria

In an attempt to recreate some of the grandeur that the original Library of Alexandria held, the modern day Bibliotheca Alexandrina was built, as close as possible, to the original site of its predecessor. Intended to be a library and major cultural


Luxor is often, erroneously, referred to as ancient Thebes and while this is correct due to the Greek Period of ancient Egypt, the inferences are incorrect as during the Pharaonic times Luxor was known as Waset (transliterated from w3s.t in hieroglyp

Luxor - East Bank

The city of Luxor stands on the East Bank of the River Nile in an area that was once called ldquo;the city of the living (the West Bank being referred to as the ldquo;city of the dead ). This side of the river is so completely dominated by the Temple

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