Regarded as one of the most ancient tourist destinations in the world, Egypt has been captivating the crowds for centuries because of its legendary ancient treasures. Beauty may be subjective but Egypt is filled with places that are considered absolutely spectacular by just about anyone who gets a chance to see.
Below you will find a list of seven wonders of Egypt that will leave you spellbound. Make the most of your Egypt holidays by making certain that you visit all the breathtaking scenic spots here.
The pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
The famous pyramids and the Sphinx are located close to the capital of Egypt, Cairo. As everyone knows, these two sites are the not only the oldest, but also the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World. The first three pyramids were built by Sneferu after which the rest of them followed. Historically, the were designed as tombs of the ancient kings of Egypt, the pharaohs.
Valley of the Kings
Besides building public monuments to the pharaohs in the shape of pyramids that we so admire today, the ancient Egyptians also created underground mausoleums that were not to be seen by anybody. A collection of these elaborate mausoleums is the Valley of the Kings, lying on Nile’s bank near Luxor. There were actually more to what the ancient Egyptians stocked in these tombs for the king’s next world, besides furniture, jewellery and underwear.
Al Azhar Gardens
Known as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Al Azhar remains a lasting land marking in Cairo. You can capture some absolutely breathtaking panoramic shots of the old city from here.
One of Egypt’s most isolated settlements in Libyan Desert, Siwa Oasis, consisted mostly of ethnic Berbers. This oasis had great significance for travellers journeying on the old date trade route. After the decline of the Roman Empire, the oasis also started to decline. It is now one of the most spectacular tourist spots now because of how well it has been preserved.
Temples of Karnak
Temples of Karnak is known to be the place where the ancient Egyptians worshipped their gods. The temple has a monument inside that contains every god in the Theban religion.
Ab Simbel refers to two huge rock-cut temples lying in southern Egypt near Lake Nasser. These temples were originally cut out on the mountainside in the 14th century, as a lasting monument to the then ruler - Pharaoh Ramesses. The entire complex was completely relocated recently in the 1960s when the temples were at a risk of submersion in Lake Nasser. Today, Abu Simbel remains one of the most remarkable tourist attractions of Egypt.
The river Nile is the reason why all the other wonders exist today. This legendary river has been the backbone of Egypt for thousands of years. No visit to Egypt can be complete without the famous Nile cruise.