Discover cultural sights of Egypt : Part I

Egypt offers you a rich cultural experience  extends for thousands of years of history and practice of ancient traditions. Walk in the corridors of the ancients, explore ancient Egyptian temples, tombs and other tourist attractions. Lose your sense of time, visit the museums that display thousands of ancient artifacts like coins, ceramic art, busts of ancient emperors, coffins, mosaics and mummies. Will fascinates by the ancient Egyptian mythology during the sound and light show at the Temple of Philae and Abu Simbel . Enjoy a walk through old bazaars for shopping and purchase in a traditional atmosphere , drink tea in ancient Egypt cafes  and see history of Egypt passes before your eyes. It's  an unique experience.
The most prominent landmarks :
1-The Sphinx of Giza :
The Sphinx: the mystery of the ancient Egyptian mythology. The largest sculpture  antique known on the face of the Earth. When was it built? Why was built? Any Pharaoh represents? Who broke his nose? No one can answer all those questions so far, It was not possible for scientists to reach any conclusive evidence about all these questions, but regardless of all that, the great Sphinx of Giza is one of the wonders that you cannot miss to visit during any trip to Egypt.
2-The pyramids of Abu Sir :

Abu Sir pyramids is Located between Giza and sakkara, which belong to the tombs of Fifth Dynasty. Although the pyramids have not  maintain a fully splendour ,but  the site Abu Sir  worth a short trip from Cairo to visit, there is a lot to see there,

including beautiful sculptures , wonderful works of art and  inspiring architectural design.

3-  The Ramesseum -Mortuary temple of Ramses II :
took to build  the mortuary Temple of Ramesses II some 20 years as part of the funerary complex of his temples. This magnificent  temple is located on the West Bank and was in its era equates with Abu Simbel Temple in luxury and glamour and Madinat Habu in terms of architecture. It is ironic that the Nile floods destroyed the temple ,which was filmed that Ramses God immortal forever. Don't miss seeing the photos of battle of Cadiz , where we see the Pharaoh releases his arrows at the enemy that falls in front of him. The great statues of Ramses which was erected at the entrance to the temple is now just a leftover traces , however some can be seen scattered throughout the temple.

4-Coptic Museum-cairo :
The Coptic Museum located within the city of the Roman Fort known as Babylon in old Cairo, a wonderful mix of cultures, and featuring hundreds of manuscripts, statues and Coptic Egyptian artifacts which reflect the influence of ancient Egyptian civilization, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

Inhale the aromas of the fresh in the quiet courtyard , surrounded by gardens and sing at any time you need to relax, and indulge in the ancient past and felt the mix of cultures around you inside and outside the Museum in place is a piece of history.
Opening hours from 09: 00 until 16: 00.

5-Bayt El-Suhaymi-cairo :
When you look at the front of Bayt El-Suhaymi which looks very simple and somewhat dimmed, you cannot imagine the architectural treasures that you'll see inside. This house is an example of the wonderful  Islamic art for traditional family residence houses dotted around the city since the times of the Mamluks and until the 19th century.
Once you enter the home, will merge with beautiful indoor arena that goes back to the days when guests receives in the amazing reception room , known as "the Hall" .
The room is located on the magnificent marble fountain installed on the floor of the Hall, featuring high painted wooden ceiling , you'll discover after follow-up the brick stones painted  in green and blue on the walls.
And with the rise of stairs to the top floor, you will find the family's bedrooms and  wooden windows , known as "mashrabiya" , which let the ladies in home  to see the road without being seen one.
Again, take a look at the high ceilings that allow for warm air to rise to the top and then moves away by the seat opposite to the North (cavities winds) in the upper walls, that make breeze spreads around the room, as such as  modern air conditioning systems, where helped the architectural feature in simplifying the lives of residents of the house amid hot dry weather in cairo .
6-Pompey's pillar  -Alexandria :

The label of the column as "Pompeii column " in English has nothing  to do  with  the Bombay region of India. The origin of the label refers to the cemetery of Roman commander when he fled to Egypt and was murdered after losing a major battle in Greece against the Tsar. Perhaps the purpose of the construction of the red granite column is a homage to the Emperor Diocletian.
The height of this column at present 25 metres and is the tallest antiques in Alexandria.
7-Mummification Museum ,discover the funeral journey in Luxor :
The Museum of mummification in Luxor , which represents ancient Egyptian mummification art and displays workmanship products of this art and mummies. You can gather interesting  information about methods of mummification used in mummification of many kinds of animals such as crocodiles, cats and fish. Stuffed animals are unique  among the groups that abound in this museum. . As you will see the tools used in taxidermy , embalming materials, pottery vessels that retain the innards of corpses stuffed, amulets and coffins. Besides the old paintings that record the funeral journey of death until burial. The Museum features four halls: collections Hall , Lecture Hall, video films room and cafeteria.
8-Museum of bawati- Bahariya
Hall of the Golden mummies :

 The Antiquities Inspectorate Museum , Also known as Bawati Museum or the Mummy Hall ,the Museum contains the famous Greek-Roman Mummies and gold-plated coffins . These mummies that were discovered in 1996, part of the huge Tomb believed to contain more than 10000 mummy. And adorn this mummies decorative masks and jewelry, Some are covered with a layer of gold. Note well the hair and eyelashes to some mummies that look really real .

9-The Gayer Anderson museum-Cairo -Egypt :

The Gayer Anderson Museum of places that you must visit when you explore Islamic Cairo. The Museum consists of a combination of patterns Islamic arts gathered at two historic accommodation: Bayt al-Kiritliya (1632) and Beit Amna Bint Salim (1540).

The Museum was created by Maj. John Gayer-Anderson, a physician in the army , who has renewed and furnishing of  the residence headquarters in the period between 1935 and 1942, filling it with antiques ,works of art, glassware ,Crystal , acts of silk and clothing embroidered in Arabic.

 This place has been used as a location for filming a James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"  , it contains  decorated rooms with stunning interiors  . Persian room: which features a charming brick stones,  The Damascene room plated  with gold , while you'll find in other parts of the Museum a marble fountain decorated with columns up to the roof and carpeted cupolas.
Opening hours: 09: 00-16: 00

10-Luxor Temple
The Luxor Temple is a site no substitute for visit in any trip to Egypt, is a living testimony to the continuity  of the history of Egypt  in the period from the rule of the Twelfth Dynasty of ancient Egyptians until the fourteenth century AD  ,when the mosque was built  commemorate Abou El Hagag  who preached Islam in Luxor.
Many Pharaohs contributed to each turn in the building of this temple over the years, among them King Tutankhamun ,Queen Hatshepsut ,King Ramses II and King Amenhotep III: on the move in the temple allows you to see the contribution of each of these which witnesses them their idols and their images carved on the walls.

Also, The Romans and later the Christians have left their traces in the temple.
Features a Luxor Temple saved for historical events, so that you can see a description of the battle of kadesh and novels describing the events of the celebration of the new year, and the story that tells how the wife of Amenhotep III  became pregnant from one of the gods and other stories that tell about tournaments of Pharaoh carved on columns  of the temples, obelisks and walls.
And be sure to return to Luxor Temple at night to see the sound and light show.


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