Category: Attractions

The Mortuary Temple of queen Hatshepsut

Deir al-Bahari The celebrated temple of Hatshepsut (c.1473–1458 BC), the queen who became Pharaoh, is located here, in Deir al-Bahari, on the west bank of Luxor. Made up of three man-made terraces that gradually rise up toward the sheer cliff face, this structure is truly a sight to behold. The site of Deir al-Bahari was...

Mudawara Mountain, where stargazing and camping are few options

Mudawara Mountain, where stargazing and camping are few options Only 90 km from the capital city of Cairo, an hour and 15 minutes drive, with a year round moderate weather, is one of Egypt’s 7 oases, Al Fayoum. Home to several attractions from different eras from Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic, to sand dunes, palm...

The Great Temples of Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel The Great Temple of Abu Simbel, in Nubia near Egypt’s southern border, is among the most awe-inspiring monuments of Egypt. It was cut into the living rock by King Ramses II (the Great) of the Nineteenth Dynasty, around 1264 BC. The temple is most well-known for the four imposing seated colossal statues that...

Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar Mosque Al-Azhar Mosque known simply in Egypt as al-Azhar, is an Egyptian mosque in Islamic Cairo. Al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah of the Fatimid dynasty commissioned its construction for the newly established capital city in 970. Its name is usually thought to derive from az-Zahrāʾ (meaning “the shining one”), a title given to Fatimah. It was...

The Tomb of Tuthmosis III, Valley of the Kings

The tomb of Tuthmosis III (KV 34) is said to be one of the most sophisticated tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Discovered by Victor Loret’s workmen in 1898 during this famous Egyptologist’s absence, work did not begin on clearing the rubble form the entrance until his return. He then excavated the site meticulously,...

Tomb of Rekhmire

Tomb of Rekhmire While it may be non-royal, the tomb of Rekhmire (TT 100) is one of the most interesting on theWest Bank atLuxor (ancientThebes). Located on the southeastern slope of the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna hill, it is one of the largest of the private tombs.Rekhmire was avizier, the highest ranking official under the pharaohsTuthmosis...

The towers Citadel of Salah al-Din Ayyubi

The Towers Citadel of Salah al-Din Ayyubi The Citadel of Sultan Salah al-Din Ayyub was constructed on a spur of the Muqattam mountain as a defense against any invasion. It is divided into two sections; northern enclosure, an area reserved for military activities. Salah al-Din commenced its construction in AH 572 / AD 1176 and...

The Temple of Alexander the Great in the Bahariya Oasis

The Temple of Alexander the Great in the Bahariya Oasis For some years, Egypt was under the control of the Persian King, and while other outside forces had ruled Egypt over the years, the Persians seem to have had few friends in Egypt. In fact, Egyptian elements had already mounted revolts, weakening the Kings hold...