Famous Ancient Egypt Tourist Attractions

siwa oasisEgypt is among the African countries that are easily accessible. It is well connected to Europe and North America. As a result, tourists and historians flock to the country to view the spectacular remains of its culture. It can be effortless to traverse the country through various means of transport. Those traversing the country’s rugged terrain and vast deserts by use of car need not to worry about getting stuck, as there are enough tow service for your help. The Egyptian government welcomes tourists and have created highly networked infrastructure that allows visitors to the many historical sites around.

Egypt continues to be a dazzling destination of tombs and temples. There are vast attractions ranging from deserts, diving, superb scuba, beaches, among others. If you are looking forward to see the best of the ancient Egypt, here are some places you should never miss.

The Pyramids of Giza

The pyramids of Giza are among the last surviving of the seven wonders of the ancient world. They are one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. They were built to be the tombs to preserve the mighty pharaohs, and the enigmatic Sphinx guided their construction. The Giza’s pyramid complex continues to awe travelers from different ages to come and experience the best of history.

 

Siwa Oasis

The Siwa Oasis is located in the Libyan Desert and is one of the Egypt’s isolated settlements. Siwa Oasis is located on an old date trade route, a vital trade route used by the Egyptians. It has a strategic importance because of its natural springs and the shade giving palm trees, where travelers sought rest from the desert. Siwa began its decline with the collapse of the Roman empire.

 

Islamic Cairo

The atmospheric and narrow lanes of the Islamic Cairo district are fully packed with mosques, madrassas and historical monuments dating back from many centuries ago. From this district, you will find the luxurious shopping souk where coppersmiths and other artisans still have their miniature stalls and workshops. The surrounding market is home to some of the most beautiful and well-preserved architecture of the old Islamic empires.

 

Aswan

aswanAswan is Egypt’s most tranquil town. It is set upon the meandering curves of the Nile. It is backed by some spectacular orange-hued dunes making it a perfect place for visitors to stop and unwind for some days. You can take a river ferry across the Elephantine Island as you take a walk across the colorful streets of the Nubian Village. Alternatively, you can ride plenty of available camels to the desert monastery on the East Bank of St. Simeon.

 

 

Egptian Museum

The Egyptian museum is a true treasure trove for the Pharaonic world. It is one of the world’s greatest museum collections. It is a faded pink mansion that acts as home to hundreds of exhibits. When you get to the museum, you will hardly find a lot of labeling, and items in the museum do not have much of chronological order. When you get upstairs, you get a chance to see the fascinating royal mummies exhibit. However, for every corner you turn, you are assured to find some wonderful pieces of ancient art and history.

 

 

The Ancient Pyramids of Egypt

komonbo templeThe word pyramid  is synonymous from the Greek word ‘pyramis’ used to mean ‘wheat cake.’ The pyramis was a name used for the description of the ancient Egyptian buildings as they reminded the Greeks of the pointing topped wheat cakes. The ancient Egyptians built pyramids and tombs for the Pharaohs and their queens. The Egyptians believed that if a pharaoh died, became Osiris, which means the king of the dead.

They believed that a dead Pharaoh would still carry out their tasks and duties as king of the dead in his soul and spirit, and this means they have to look after the body. For the soul to continue in existence, the pharaoh’s body had to be mummified and buried with all the things it would need for the afterlife.  Continue reading The Ancient Pyramids of Egypt

Ancient Writing and Literature in Egypt

ancient EgyptThe ancient Egyptians believed that it was essential and necessary to record and communicate information about their religion and government. They thus invented the written scripts that could be used to record this information. The most famous of their scripts were the hieroglyphics.

The first hieroglyphic writing was recorded in c. 3000 BCE. Hieroglyphics can represent a word, a silent determinant or a sound. One symbol can be used to serve a different purpose in a different context. The Egyptian Hieroglyphics is composed of hundreds of symbols which can be read in columns, rows and also in either direction. Majority of them were written from right to left.

 

The Literature Skills and Advancements

Towards the end of the ancient Egyptian civilization, a new form of writing known as the demotic became widespread. It composed of a phonetic, semi-alphabetical script which was later developed into a language of literature, religion, and high culture.

The Egyptian hieroglyphic literature can be found on public monuments and on the walls of temples and tombs. The writing consist of the records of the deeds of gods and men, together with poetry. The writing is featured on hymns, love poetry, spells and curses, proverbs, myths and legends, demotic scripts and instructional and medical texts. One of the best-known examples of literature is a collection of spells that dates to the New Kingdom period that was labeled as the Book of the Dead.

 

Developments in Art

When it comes to art, much of Egyptian art comes down to us as funerary art. The ancient Egyptians had high hopes that life would continue after death and that is the reason they accompanied the death with every luxurious goods and art objects to help them enjoy their new life. The ancient Egyptian art focused on a rigid style that changed in bounds over the millennia. Egyptian tombs have the iconic two-dimensional style. The Egyptians carved their statutes from stone and rock, as sometimes used wood as a cheap alternative.

All Giza PyramidsThe Egyptians also advanced wall paintings in tombs. The paintings were a depiction of the lively scenes of their everyday life and brought the ancient civilization vividly to life. The wealthy and elite in the society also had richly painted walls with scenes of birds, people, water pools, geometric designs, and deities. Egyptians developed high levels of mathematical skills that enabled them to build their elaborate pyramids and temples, using remarkably simple tools. Their mathematics was more practical than that of the Mesopotamian. Their calculation combined with their civilization is what gave them an edge over others.

 

Architecture

The ancient Egyptians build some of the most amazing and inspiring structures the world has gotten an opportunity to see.  The construction of pyramids was restricted during the earlier days of the Egyptian civilization. The average Egyptian lived in a mud house, make up of wood and bricks. The elite members of the society had elaborate multi-room mansions that were richly painted on the walls. These rooms also had decorated floors and were built around courtyards.