Of all the great empires of history, few are as intriguing as Ancient Egypt. Of the many ruins left behind, here are five favorites.
Temple of Hatshepsut
Dedicated to the sun god Amun, this historic site is a funeral shrine to Hatshepsut, Egypt’s second female pharaoh. The architecture is unique, made of three levels that invoke the classical architectural traditions of Europe.
This open-air museum is the second-largest religious site in the world (after Angkor Wat) and the second-most visited historical site in Egypt. It’s also one of the most diverse ruins to see, built over the reigns of 30 pharaohs, showing a variety of ancient Egyptian deities.
Temple of Edfu
Edfu is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. For centuries, it was hidden underneath sand and silt before archeologists unearthed a massive complex dedicated to the Falcon God Horus.
Two rock temples comprise Abu Simbel, marked by its iconic rock reliefs and carefully engineered solar alignment. Today, the site hosts two Sun Festivals, two days of the year where rays of light penetrate the complex to illuminate the sculptures on the back wall.
Great Pyramid of Giza
The most famous of the ruins is also one of the oldest Wonders of the Ancient World, the only one still standing. For 3,800 years, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at 481 feet.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Not to be confused with the similarly named event featuring our four-legged friends, the Idiotarod features humans doing what we do best — acting like idiots in public. The grueling team event features groups of five “idiots” showcasing their combined nerve and stupidity by barreling through city streets while piled on top of shopping carts. Sound fun? That’s because it kind of is.
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