Where is Saqqara (Sakkara) Located? Saqqara is located about 15 Km from downtown Cairo, extends over 8 km. It was the necropolis of the ancient capital of Egypt, Memphis, it contains numerous monuments as the famous one is the step pyramid or Djoser pyramid. As the step, pyramid begins the history of the pyramids. It
The sphinx appears to have started in Egypt in the form of a sun god. The Egyptian sphinx is usually a head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion. There are, however, sphinxes with ram heads that are associated with the god Amun. The Great Sphinx is to the northeast
The Unfinished Obelisk lies, in its original location, in a granite quarry in Aswan. It is 42 m in length and was most probably abandoned when some cracks appeared in the rock, during its construction. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest obelisk ever cut in Ancient Egypt, weighing nearly 1100 tons!
Located in the west bank of the Nile. There are 62 tombs discovered, the last in 1922 for Tutankhamen, is the largest royal tomb in Egypt, considered one of the major tourist sites in Egypt. After that they found 3 graves, the last one is still unopened. Due to the size of the valley, one
From Djoser to Cheops, the pyramids gradually increase in size, that of Chephren, Cheops successor in only 1/10 the volume of that of Cheops. Chephren’s pyramid is but little smaller than Cheops’s, while those of Mycerinus of the IVth Dynasty, do not exceed in size that of Chephren. The smallness of the pyramid can be
Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, it appears that the temple’s purpose was for a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival. The festival itself was to reconcile the human
The complex is an open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. Also, It is the second most visited historical site after Giza Pyramids. It consists of four main parts of which only the largest is currently open to the public. Situated a 2 or 3 Km from Luxor temple, the ancient capital