EGYPT: A JOURNEY THROUGH PHOTOS
Egypt represents the land of great archaeological discoveries, hieroglyphics and the sacred site of the great lost Pharaohs. For me it’s a country that quite literally has a deep and rich history, buried in its depths. It’s one of the countries that from beginning to end provided me with a huge knowledge base supplied by the numerous temples, archaeological site visits, many accompanied by Egyptologists, that fuelled my interest in the land. A warm and friendly culture coupled with the above, made Egypt one of my most memorable destinations to date.
Join me as I share some of my favourite photos from my visit to Luxor, located on the banks of the River Nile and the capital, Cairo.
(The Capital City)
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
The Pyramids of Giza are an awe-inspiring site located in Cairo, Egypt’s capital city. To think of these massive structures, created entirely by hand, by the Egyptian Pharaohs, who commissioned these as their tombs. If you’re feeling brave you can walk deeper and deeper into them but its dark, damp and very claustrophobic! A complete marvel of Egyptian architecture.
THE GREAT SPHINX OF GIZA
The Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. In Ancient Egypt, the head was that of a Pharaoh or a god. Why were they built? The Egyptians built sphinx statues to guard important areas such as tombs and temples.
THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
On the West Bank of The Nile, near Luxor lies the Valley of The Kings. During the period 1539 – 1075 BC, this area became the royal burial site of the Pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Ramses and high priests. It is the most famous elaborate tomb collection of the period known as the New Kingdom and provides us with a fine example of the ancient Egyptian history. The Egyptians believed in the afterlife in which humans were promised life after death and therefore their tombs contained a mummified sarcophagus to preserve the body and eternal soul. They also contained materials that a ruler may require in the afterlife such as treasures. For me, The Valley of The Kings, was one of the best experiences of my trip and would thoroughly recommend that you don’t leave this off your itinerary.
THE VALLEY OF THE QUEENS
The Valley of the Queens is a site in Egypt, where the wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known then as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning the place of beauty. As we read above the Pharaohs themselves were buried in The Valley of the Kings.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER THE NILE
One of the best ways to see the Valley of the Kings is by Hot Air balloon, which sets off on the banks of Luxor around 5 am. You’re treated to a peaceful flight over the Nile, the valleys as well as the rooftops, with locals waving at you as they awake.
TEMPLE OF QUEEN HATSHEPSUT
In all the history of ancient Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut was the only female Pharaoh, after coming to rule following her father’s death. Queen Hatshepsut was also a very successful Pharaoh. She ruled over an era of peace and prosperity, expanding lucrative trade routes to the land of Punt in the south. The Queen’s temple is very unique, located on the West Bank of the Nile, it is a tiered structure built against limestone cliffs, making a truly stunning sight. Girl Power at its finest!
COLOSSI OF MEMNON
These two 59 foot tall structures are of Amehotep III and his wife Tiye, once guarding the entrance to a large temple complex, which no longer remains today.
SAILING DOWN THE NILE
A great way to experience the Nile is by sailing boat. There are many small islands to stop off at, such as Banana island where we had the opportunity to visit some of the local farming community.
SUNRISE & SUNSETS IN LUXOR
The Nile poses as a beautiful backdrop for a gorgeous bright and vibrant sunset. Grab a traditional fruit juice from the street vendors or from one of the many cafes and watch the stunning Egyptian sky light up. Mornings on the Nile are also a perfect time to catch the sunrise, whilst watching the locals make their way to work.
I hope you enjoyed some of my favourite images of Egypt and that they inspire you to visit this beautiful country steeped in so much ancient history. There has been a lot of concern about visiting Egypt as of late but seriously, it is the best time to visit as tourism picks back up slowly and you’ll have much of these historical sites of the Pgaroahs all to yourself.
Tell me, have you visited Luxor or Cairo? What was your experience?
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