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Historical Sites

Elephantine Island, Aswan

Elephantine Island, Aswan COLOR, Fruit and other foods are sold at a rural market, top, on road to Aswan as [Ramses II]'s monumental figures at Abu Simbel, middle, stare serenely over the area. Aswan, below, dotted with high-rise buildings, is viewed from the west bank of Nile.; Nefertarii stands at the Pharaoh's feet in the Temple of Abu Simbel.; A leisurely half day can...

Recent Development of Luxor City

Luxor is the richest historical site in Egypt with a wealth of tombs and temples from the 12th Dynasty onwards. Tourists having been visiting Luxor (Thebes) for thousands of years and you can find graffiti from Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and 19th century Europeans. The majority of sites are situated on the West Bank of the Nile, the only...

Luxor Travel Information

Pharaonic statue in Luxor Temple Luxor (in Arabic: al-Uqsur) is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. The population numbers 487,896 (2010 estimate), with an area of approximately 416 square kilometres (161 sq mi). As the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum...

General Information about Cairo

General Information about Cairo Egypt lies in the northeastern corner of the African continent, with an extension across the Gulf of Suez (NYSE:SZEZY) into the Sinai Peninsula in southwestern Asia. On its northern coasts is the Mediterranean Sea and on its eastern coasts the Red Sea. Egypt covers an area of about one million square km, with about 96 percent desert. It has 29...

Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo "... manifold combinations of light and shade, colour, costume and architectural detail. Every shopfront, every street corner... is a ready-made picture."Amelia B. Edwards describes the streets of Cairo, 1877 The Citadel of Salah al-Din Built between 1176 and 1182 AD, the Citadel fortress provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the Moqattam Hills...

Al Quseir on the Coast of the Red Sea

Al Quseir on the south Coast of the Red Sea Al-Quseir has a long history as one of the major ports of the Red Sea: from here Queen Hatshepsut launched her expedition to the Land of Punt, as depicted in the reliefs in Deit el-Bahari temple at Luxor. Legend has it that the expedition returned with two live panthers and 31 incense trees. The 16th-century fortress of Sultan Selim, still...

Berenice, St. Anthony's and St. Paul's Monasteries at Red Sea Cost

Berenice, St. Anthony's and St. Paul's Monasteries at Red Sea Cost Berenice The major centers along Egypt's Red Sea coast are Ain Sukhana, Berenice, Bir Shalatein, El Gouna, Hurghada, Mersa Alam, Al- Zuseir, Safaga, Suez and Zafarana. Hurghada emerged in early 20th century and was until recently an isolated fishing village. It terms of historical pedigree it cannot hold its own against some of the other Red Sea...

Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

Museum of Modern Egyptian Art For Egyptians, a stroll through the large museum stirs up memories of a country’s past and present, revealing a rich and dynamic culture. Across from the Cairo Opera House, where blend the music with art, in the National Cultural Centre in Gezira Island, Cairo , Egypt; Egyptian Modern Art Museum houses a vast – perhaps too vast – collection of...

Rosetta (Rashid) National Museum

Rosetta (Rashid) National Museum The Rosetta (Rashid) National Museum was built to preserve objects related to the history of Rashid (Rosetta). While Rashid is best-known as the place where the Rosetta Stone, the key to cracking the hieroglyphic code, was found, the town was also Egypt's most important port during the 17th and 18th centuries. The archives which locates at the...

Malawi Monuments Museum/Malawi Archaeological Museum, El-Minya

Malawi Monuments Museum/Malawi Archaeological Museum, El-Minya The Malawi Monuments Museum houses a collection of artifacts from the nearby sites of Tuna al-Gebel and Hermopolis. Among the objects on display are a number of animal mummies and statues associated with the worship of the god Thoth. The workshops of the archaeological museum in Minia include activities to help children understand archaeological...

Ismailia Museum

Ismailia Museum One of the oldest museums in Egypt, built by the engineers working in the company of the World Maritime Authority (Suez Canal) in 1911, and is considered the nucleus of a beautiful regional museum, and the nature of museum architecture takes the form of the temple (edifice) and is characterized by gates and windows topped with scarabs down the...

Abdeen Palace Museum

Abdeen Palace Museum Complex, Cairo, Egypt It is one of the official residences of the President of Egypt. The Abdeen Palace Museum complex features a military museum of all arms presented as gifts to President Mubarak on different occasions, a museum of ancient weapons and a third of the medals and orders of merit bestowed on members of Egypt’s formal royal family and eminent Egyptian...

Tanis (San El-Hagar) Museum

Tanis (San El-Hagar) Museum San el-Hagar is the name of the modern town closest to the ruined city of Tanis situated approximately 130km north-east of Cairo, was the Late Period capital of the 19th Lower Egyptian nome, having replaced Per-Rameses (Qantir) as the royal residence of kings during Dynasties XXI and XXII. The city whose ancient name was Djanet (also called Suan...

Taha Hussein Museum or Ramatan

inside the Taha Hussein Museum or Ramatan The Taha Hussein Museum or "Ramatan" is made up of two stories. The ground floor houses Dr. Taha Hussein's study and a part of his 7,000 book library, a great reception hall where he received men of letters, politicians and artists every Sunday evening. In one of the corners of this hall stand a huge piano, a gramophone and records of rare musical...

Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan

Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan Through its beautifully designed display of carefully selected masterpieces found in the area of ancient Thebes, the Luxor Museum of Ancient Art illuminates the golden age of pharaonic Egypt. Opened in 1975, this small museum on the Nile Corniche holds one of the finest collections of Egyptian sculpture in the world, in a building whose layout and...