Exploring the cultural treasures of Egypt

photo by CC user Ricardo Liberato at liberato.org

Want to discover the cultural treasures of Egypt? Despite the fear in the media, foreign tourists that take proper common sense precautions will be safe here, and they will not have to contend with crowds at any of the following essential attractions in this country…

1) Pyramids at Giza

This attraction needn’t have any introduction, as it is THE cultural asset that people from around the globe associate with Egypt when its name is spoken in causal conversation. Standing up to the forces of man and nature for almost 5,000 years, the Pyramids of Giza is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world that still stands today.

Serving as a tomb for some of the oldest Pharaohs of Egyptian civilization, it is an attraction that is practically mandatory for visitors to Egypt. While the touts may be annoying, and the fact that there are American fast food chains with eye-shot of the site, seeing and touching these artifacts of human civilization is well worth the annoyances that you may encounter during your visit here.

2) Egyptian Museum

Over the years, the antiquities that used to sit within the pyramids, temples and tombs have been subject to raiding by opportunistic thieves during lean times.

Many others were successfully protected throughout the ages or recovered though, allowing them to be placed in institutions like the Egyptian Museum.

Found in the heart of Cairo, it contains over 120,000 pieces in its collection, which includes statues, busts, and golden coffin covers for Pharaohs like King Tut.

3) Citadel of Qaitbay

When the time comes to get out of Cairo, head to Alexandria to see the Citadel of Qaitbay. Serving as one of Egypt’s mightiest sea fortresses during the time of the Islamic Sultanates of the Middle Ages, this formidable defensive point repelled invaders until it was eventually overrun by the juggernaut that was the Ottoman Empire.

Fortunately, Egypt’s new overlords took good care of their new fortified possession, allowing it to survive to the present day in exemplary condition.

4) Valley of the Kings

Finally, forge in to the southern portions of the Nile River Valley to see the tombs and temples that defined Egypt’s New Kingdom only 3,000 years ago.

In Luxor, you’ll find the final resting places of many notable past rulers of Egypt, which includes King Tut, which was one of the countries most famous Pharaohs.

63 tombs in total have been found thus far, making it a fascinating place to visit for those that are big fans of archeology.

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