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  • 1 Solar Bark Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Gizeh

    According to the Egyptians, the solar god Re had two golden barks in which he navigated the skies. By offering these solar barks, they associated the Pharaoh's last journey with Re's daily movements. Cheops's solar bark is one of two models unearthed..

  • 2 Mastaba of Mereruka Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Saqqara

    On the immense Saqqara site (almost 8km2), one of the oldest necropolises of Ancient Egypt, stand pyramids and tombs from several dynasties of kings. But the tombs at Saqqara do not hold only royal remains: high officials also had their tombs built, ..

  • 3 Serapeum Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Saqqara

    The Serapeum was the tomb of sacred bulls, associated with the cult of the god Apis. The bulls were chosen from the herd and sacrificed, thereby being deified. The mummification ceremony lasted 70 days, after which time the mummies of the bulls were ..

  • 4 Funerary Complex of Unas Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Saqqara

    The funerary complex of Unas encompasses the pyramid and temple in the valley, joined by a 650m-long causeway whose walls were decorated with reliefs. Inside the Pyramid of Unas (late V Dynasty), built 350 years after the Djeser complex and mostly in..

  • 5 Bent Pyramid Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Dachour

    A fabulous series of pyramids graces the site of the Dashur Necropolis: out of the 11 found, five remain, including the so-called Bent or Double Pyramid, a nickname probably due to its two doors to the north and west. Its other peculiarity is the inc..

  • 6 Abydos Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Girga

    Burial place of the first pharaohs, sanctuary of the ill-fated god Osiris, temples serving as a backdrop to the magnificent polychrome reliefs with their delicate curves... Abydos certainly makes an impression. At the edge of the desert, and yet so c..

  • 7 Temple of Sethi I Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Girga

    This fabulous temple was started under the reign of Seti I and completed by his son Rameses II. It is built out of fine limestone, and has a rare L-shaped layout. Visitors can take in a series of hypostyle halls and doorways on the way to the chapels..

  • 8 Dendera Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Dendérah

    The remains of the city of Dendera, which prospered during the Ptolemaic period, consist of the ruins of a few dwelling places and, bringing together culture and the desert, a majestic temple encircled by a large brick wall. Although ignored by the t..

  • 9 Temple of Hathor Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Dendérah

    This temple dedicated to the goddess Hathor stands in one of the last hubs of Ancient Egyptian civilisation. It is part of a site that also encompasses the Sacred Lake, planted with palm trees, and the Temple of Isis. The construction of the temple d..

  • 10 Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sur la Corniche ET - Louxor

    With collections originating from digs at Thebes, Luxor, Karnak and Deir el-Bahri, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the Middle and New Kingdoms. The realism of the features and attitudes of the statues of Amenophis III, Thutmosis III a..

  • 11 Medinet Habu Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    It was in the region of the former Thebes that Rameses III decided to build his temple. This mortuary complex encompasses outbuildings, the priests' lodgings, the Royal Palace of Amenophis III and the Temple of Thutmosis. The Temple of Rameses III is..

  • 12 Temple of Rameses III Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Rameses III, who greatly admired his ancestor Rameses II, was the warrior king of the XX Dynasty. His temple at Medinet Habu is entirely given over to recording his achievements. His most famous victory was over the Sea Peoples, who came from the eas..

  • 13 Deir el-Medina Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    With the first civil housing known to date, this old village is a mine of information on the "men of the tomb", the craftsmen of the XIX and XX Dynasties. These labourers who were authorised to prepare the royal burial places in the Valley ..

  • 14 Ramesseum Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Louxor

    Built during the life of Rameses II, this temple is dedicated to the glory of the Pharaoh, as shown by the military, cultural and family scenes that decorate it. Note the fragments of the monumental statue of Rameses II in the first courtyard. The se..

  • 15 Temple of Horus Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Idfu

    A giant granite falcon wearing the royal pschent presides at the entrance to this temple, which was begun under Ptolemy III and is exceptionally well preserved. Horus, the sun god, son of Re, is omnipresent in Edfu, in particular in the remarkable re..

  • 16 Kom Ombo Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Aswan

    Kom Ombo was part of the first nome of Upper Egypt, the capital of which was located on Elephantine Island in Aswan. In all likelihood the city liberated itself and became an autonomous province as of the XVIII Dynasty. The current temple dates from ..

  • 17 Temple of Kom Ombo Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Aswan

    This temple on the banks of the Nile, which dates from the Ptolemaic era, owes its unique structure (two entrances and two galleries around a double sanctuary) to the fact that it was dedicated to two divinities: Horus, son of Re, and Sobek, the croc..

  • 18 Aswan Corniche Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corniche ET - Assouan

    The majority of tourists soak up Aswan's appealing Nubian atmosphere by heading to the Corniche. It is a good place to take in the change in topographical backdrop typical of the south of the country. Seen from Luxor, the Nile opened out onto vast ho..

  • 19 Elephantine Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ET - Assouan

    The vestiges of this site are testament to inhabitants' devotion to the divinities that protected the Nile: Khnum Temple, in honour of the guardian of the source of the Nile, dating from the Middle Kingdom and reconstructed by Nectanebo II (XXX Dynas..

  • 20 Kitchener's Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ET - Assouan

    This tropical paradise can be reached by felucca from Aswan. The island, commonly known as the "Island of Flowers", is planted with numerous species from equatorial and tropical Africa and Asia: sycamores, palm trees, ebony trees, teaks and..

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