What to Explore When Visiting the Ancient World of Egypt

Updated on May 31, 2016

The Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza

one of the seventh wonders of the world, it is one of a major tourist attraction, these three pyramids set next to each other for thousands of years witnessing to what is going on in the world. . The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids, it is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Now for the Sphinx of Giza: it is the symbol which represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. It doesn’t matter if you see the pictures of the Sphinx; nothing can really prepare you for the time that you finally see the Sphinx with your own eyes. It is located on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. It is believed that the face of the Sphinx is the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.

The Egyptian museum

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, this museum is so huge , you will need a whole day just to see every part of it, it’s so amazing, I felt like I was in another era ( yes, I had the pleasure of visiting the Egyptian museum), contains the world's most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities; no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries.

Abu Simbel

They are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser. This outstanding and unbelievable huge structure is an archaeological area that contains such magnificent monuments as the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae. The seated figures of Ramses are set against the recessed face of the cliff, two on either side of the entrance to the main temple. Carved around their feet are small figures representing Ramses’ children, his queen, Nefertari, and his mother, Muttuy.

Valley of the Kings

It is a valley in Egypt, it is hidden from sight, behind the cliffs, which form the backdrop to the temple complex of Deir el-Bahri. Though the most direct route to the valley is a rather steep climb over these cliffs, a much longer, shallower, route existed along the bottom of the valley. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom, because they wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south, built their crypts in the hills west of Luxor.

Karnak Temple

It is a vast temple complex in Luxor dedicated primarily to Amun and dating from as early as 2000 BC. It is an impressive sight, and second only to the Great Pyramids in popularity. Construction on the Karnak temple complex continued into the Greco-Roman period - a period of up to 1300 years of construction. Around 30 successive pharoahs added their own touches to the complex: a new temple, shrine, or pylon and carved detailed hieroglyphic inscriptions.

Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa

Located just to the west of Pompy's Pillar, is the largest and most important burial site dating back to the Greco Roman period in Egypt. Kom El Shuqafa, meaning the hill of treasures in the Arabic language, was discovered by coincidence in the beginning of the 20th century. It is the most important Greco Roman necropolis in Egypt, the Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa have a mixture of Roman, Hellenistic, Pharaonic, and ancient Egyptian decorative art, elements that were common at this period in Alexandria.


Abydos was one of the holiest sites in the world. As the cult center of the god Osiris and gateway to the underworld, it was a popular place of pilgrimage and burial. The main monument at Abydos is the Temple of Seti I, built around 1300 BC by Seti and his son Ramses II. It is especially notable for its fine reliefs, considered among the best of the New Kingdom. The site of Abydos is huge, and includes a number of ruins and mounds around the edge of the desert.

The Pyramids of Dahshur

It is a royal necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile south of Cairo. Two of the pyramids are The Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. They were built by Snofru. The Red Pyramid is thought to be older and is the only one that can be entered at this time. The Bent Pyramid was built out of limestone which was quarried locally. The casing was of polished limestone and known as the Southern Shining Pyramid.

Bent pyramid

Red pyramid

I hope that you had a glimpse of the ancient world of Egypt, i know that am looking forward to see one of the seventh wonders of the world the pyramids, to tell you the truth for me personally all the ancient sites in Egypt are wonders, who need a time capsule, when you have Egypt.

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      love2travel2000 21 months ago

      It was long time ago when i went there, it was still safe, but i didn't go everywhere, just the pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Museum, i can tell you that i was transferred in time, amazing, unfortunately those are not my personal photos, am hoping that it will be safe again there so that i will be able to go to each one of those ancient wonders, and of course taking a lot of photos:), thank you for reading my article.

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      CJ Kelly 21 months ago from Auburn, WA

      You had me at Ancient Egypt. Can't wait to go. I know there's a safety concern now with the State Dept. issuing new warnings. But I went to see the Tut exhibit when it came to Seattle. I was in awe.

      Are those all of your won photos? Did you feel safe while you were there? When you go into the tombs/pyramids, is it stifling hot?

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