Egypt is definitely one of the most remarkable countries that has the longest histories since ancient times. So here are the ancient places that you should visit if you want to explore and experience the culture and history of this country!
1. Abu Simbel
If you want to see temples, Abu Simbel is a must-visit place! It has two massive rock temples located in the village of Numbia. The temple on the left is The Grear Temple of Ramesses II and the temple on the right is the Small Temple of Nefertari. This place will definitely give you new knowledge about Egypt’s history.
2. Temples of Philae
Philae is an island in Egypt which is located in Lake Nasser and it has been the cult center of Isis during the ancient times. There are several temples that are located in Philae and the largest and the most popular one is the Temple of Isis. While the Temple of Hathor is composed of a forecourt and colonnade hall. Another interesting structure is The Trajan’s Kiosk which is also called as the “Pharaoh’s Bed” due to its architectural design.
3. Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
It is known as “Djeser-Djeseru”, which means Holy of Holies, during the ancient Egyptian times and it is located at Deir el-Bahari. It is not only a temple, it is also a mortuary where they put tombs of ancient people. It is one of the incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt because of its breathtaking classical architecture and sculptures. You will definitely feel that you traveled back in time when visiting this place.
4. Colossi of Memnon
Feel like a Pharaoh when visiting the Colossi of Memnon! These are two large stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III who ruled the 18th dynasty of Egypt. These twin statues symbolizes the strong leadership of Amenhotep III. The statues depict a seated position, with his hands resting on his knees and his face pointing eastwards towards the river. Alongside with his legs, there are two smaller figures which are his mother and wife.
5. Luxor Temple
It is a huge Egyptian temple located in Luxor or anciently known as Thebes. This temple is called “ipet resyt” which means the southern sanctuary. The unique characteristic of this temple is it is not dedicated to a cult god unlike other temples but it is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship. There are theories that Luxor temple has been the place where many kings of Egypt were crowned. This place will make you feel like a royalty due to its historical background.
6. Dahshur Red & Bent Pyramids
Dahshur is known for its three adjacent pyramids. The Red Pyramid or also known as North Pyramid is the largest among the three major pyramids. It was named red due to its rusty reddish limestone stones. The Bent Pyramid is the second pyramid built by Sneferu and it is called as the Southern Shining Pyramid. It was called bent because of its bent appearance. The third one is Meidum Pyramid or Step Pyramid which is an archaelogical site with several mud-brick mastabas, flat roofed rectangular structure.
7. Valley of the Kings
If you are interested in afterlife, this place is definitely for you! It is called as the “Valley of the Gates of the Kings” which is located on the west bank of Nile in the heart of Theban Necropolis. This valley was a royal burial ground for pharaohs, queens, high priests, and other elites during the ancient times. There are also underground tombs with material goods which the ruler might need on their afterlife.
8. Saqqara- Step Pyramid of Djoser
This pyramid has a memorable history because it was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser which was named after him. It has several structures which are pivotal to its functions in life and afterlife. The purpose of this pyramid is to provide a good and successful afterlife to Pharaoh Djoser so he could be re-born eternally.