Top 5: Sights in Egypt

by Katie Skrzek

May 6, 2019

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Egypt links Africa and the Middle East. The country is known for its ancient attractions dating back to the time of the pharaohs. These landmarks are the most iconic in the country.

 

Abu Simbel

This temple contains the tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The exterior boasts stunning carved statues and the interior features wall art. The temple underwent a significant restoration in the 1960s to protect it from flooding.

 

Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza

A trip to Egypt isn’t complete without a visit to the Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. One of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs.

 

Karnak Temple

The elaborate temple complex is located in Luxor. It contains a mix of chapels, temples and other religious buildings from the ancient world.

 

Nile River

Spanning the entire country, the Nile is the longest river in the world. A cruise on the Nile is a great way to see more of the country. Tour operators like GoWay and Viking River Cruises offer cruising options.

 

Valley of the Kings

The valley located near the west bank of the Nile River was a burial place for pharaohs from the 16th to 11th century BC. The area features colorful wall art among the tombs and temples.

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