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Egypt’s monumental places to visit

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Egypt tours are informative when it comes to history. The country is filled with ancient monuments that are always welcoming visitors from far and wide.

When on an Egypt cultural tour, the following are monumental places to visit:

Giza Plateau: You cannot mention Egypt without the thought of pyramids crossing one’s mind. The Giza plateau holds Egypt’s most popular pyramid. Situated in Cairo’s outskirts, the great pyramids of Giza are a great landmark. The Giza pyramids are said to have been built by Kings Khufu, Menkaure and Khafre. Khufu’s pyramid is the largest and is one the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World that still stands to date. These pyramids are a great source of knowledge for those interested in ancient Egypt and Arab civilization. Camel rides are always available to take tourists around the area giving them a taste of one of Arabs means of transport. Also of interest in the great pyramids of Giza are the tombs. These tombs are said to be the tombs of King Khufu’s sisters and wives and are often referred to as the queens’ pyramids.

The Sphinx: Egypt tour packages around the Giza plateau are not complete without a visit to the great Sphinx. The sphinx is the world’s oldest monument and largest statue. This monument has represented Egypt for decades. Pictures of this human head in a lions body are not rare, however, nothing compares to actually seeing the sphinx with your own eyes. It is an intricate piece of ancient architecture and one wonders how this monument was ever built to such precision without modern technology. Historians tell us that King Khafre who was one of Khufu’s sons commissioned the building of the sphinx and many even believe that the head is actually in Pharaoh Djedefre’s image, who was King Khafre’s older brother. It is believed that Khafre seized the throne from his older brother then built it in his honor. Though the sphinx is gravely damaged, one still gets traces of the original paint used on one ear and it is believed the sphinx was a very colorful piece of art. Another dominant feature is the broken nose and theories surround how the nose broke. The great Sphinx is in line with the Khafre pyramid.

Great mysteries and stories of Egypt’s dynasty surround these pyramids. All in all they are a beauty to behold and an Egypt vacation is not complete without touring Giza.
Luxor: Luxor is another historically important region in Egypt. Found along the Nile, it is one of the places in Egypt that attracts most tourists interested in culture, history and archeology. It holds the ancient city of Thebes which was the country’s capital. Most Egypt tours will have you visit the temple of Luxor, Colossi of Menon as well as the Valley of Kings famous for its tombs.

Egypt tours are quite intriguing and tourists never get enough of the mystery that surrounds the country’s ancient times. An Egypt vacation for historians, artists and archeology lovers is filled with interesting facts and information about civilization.

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