The Pyramids are probably the most beautifully designed buildings in the whole world. You can only find these masterpieces in the divine land of Egypt.
Egypt is known as the land of the pharaohs and also as the gift of the Nile. It’s one of the most exotic and historical ancient places in the world. Tourists from all over the world come to see the unique attractions that Egypt holds, especially the world-famous pyramids. Aside from these wonderful giants, there are many things that people should see when in Egypt.
The Pyramid at Giza and The Sphinx
The Pyramids are 4,500 years old and are made up of over 2.5 million stones. By far, it is the most visited attraction in Egypt. After all, the Great Pyramid is the last of the original seven wonders of the world that is left standing to date. Each individual stone can weight several tons (that’s a few elephants put together!). The Great Pyramid was the highest structure in the world until the Eifel Tower was built in the late 19th century.
The Sphinx, on the other hand, is also a well-known monument on Earth which dates back over 4,500 years to the Old Kingdom and the time of king Khafre - builder of the second largest pyramid on the Giza plateau on Cairo’s outskirts. The head of the Sphinx probably depicts Khafre, while the body is that of a recumbent lion.
Pillars of Karnak
Karnak is the temple complex of the ancient Egyptian Religion. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 ha (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the site’s modern name. It’s ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning “The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places”.
Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is a desert valley located on the west bank of Thebes, the political and religious capital of the New Kingdom. is where the majority of Egypt’s pharaohs are buried. You can view numerous underground wall paintings that will set your imagination alive. It was first used as a royal necropolis by Thutmosis I, although it was his predecessor, Amenhotep I, who was considered as the patron-god of the valley by the actual builders of the tombs.
For a small extra fee you can enter the tomb of King Tut, the only pharaoh still buried in the valley (the rest of the pharaohs can be found at the museum in Cario). Nearby you can also visit the temple complex of Queen Hatshepsut. Although the gardens have been reclaimed by the desert, the entire temple complex remains.
Truly Europe has a lot of things to offer. Why not take a trip to Cyprus next time? We have a list of the best things to see in Cyprus. Make the most out of your life and travel around the world.