Visual Adventure: Egypt

Gary Arndt November 29, 2012 0

The Temple of Philae in Aswan was moved to its current location with the creation of the Answan High Damn. The potential destruction and movement of it and Abu Simbel were what prompted the creation of UNESCO.

I visited Egypt in January and February of 2009. I spent a month exploring the region up and down the Nile from Alexandria to Aswan. I also visited the Red Sea port of Hurghada and the world’s oldest monastery in the Sinai Peninsula. With over 6,000 years of history, there is a great deal to see and do in Egypt beyond just the Pyramids.

Egypt is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites which cover not only the temples of ancient Egypt, but also the paleontology site of Wadi Hitan, the Greco-Roman ruins of Abu Mena and  the Islamic Architecture of Cairo. If you are also adventerous you can also go SCUBA diving in the Mediterranean to see the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Egypt is a fascinating destination and should be high on everyone’s list of places to visit.

 

Outside the Mohammed Ali Mosque in Cairo. Built in the 19th century, it is situated above Cairo in the citadel and provides one of the best views of the city.

The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid. Many people don’t realize how the city literally buts up against the pyramids and the desert. In fact the Sphinx is looking out at a Pizza Hut.

A felucca sailing on the Nile River. The felucca is the traditional sailing vessel for the river. You will have many options to sail on one if you visit cities on the upper Nile.

Cairo as seen from the Citadel.

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