Egypt is a north-eastern African country with its capital located in its largest city, Cairo. This country is bounded by the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and geographically dominated by both by the Nile River and its fertile well-watered valley, and by the Eastern and Western deserts. Egypt is best known for its ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and pyramids. Egypt tourist destinations are world famous and are frequently visited by the tourists.
Near Cairo lie the world famous pyramids of Giza. These are favorite Egypt tourist destinations. These are basically three towering structures built in ancient Egypt as tombs for powerful kings and queens. Tourists can visit the pyramids by taking a bus or taxi from Cairo. The Sphinx is a great stone carving of a lion with a human head, rests near the Giza Pyramids. It is carved out of a huge block of sandstone and represents Re-Horakhty, an ancient Egyptian sun god.
The Cairo city has more than 16 million inhabitants. It is one of those Egypt tourist destinations which are visited by many travelers. Cairo is known for its tourist spots such as the Citadel and the Khan Al Khalili Bazaar. You can also visit the oldest university on planet earth, since 970 A.D, and the Al-Azhar mosque, the mosque of Mohammed Ali, Idn Tulin. The Nile River played an important role in ancient Egyptian society, serving as transportation and trade route and a source of food. Travelers can take a narrated cruise on the Nile to know about the ancient life in Egypt.
On the edge of Great Sand Sea, Siwa Oasis is known for its rich history including a visit from Alexander the Great to consult the Oracle of Amun in 331 B.C. The King of Persia lead a 50000 man army to the area to destroy the oracle, but the entire army was lost in the desert.
Temple of Horus is the second largest temple in Egypt, located in Edfu, about 115 kilometers from Luxor. Visitors can see its towering columns and pylon in excellent form. It is in fact a remarkable example of ancient Egyptian architecture. Valley of Kings is the burial site for 62 ancient pharaohs, located behind the Theban hills near Luxor. It has famous burial sites such as the tombs of Ramses I, Tutankhamen, and Amenhetep. It is a known fact that the Egypt tourist destinations live to their reputation.
Egyptian cuisine has a very long ancient history but basically it echoes many flavors of the East, eating out in Egypt can range from the traditional to the international. Native food is quite cheap but the Western-style fast food is expensive. Bread is the mainstay of the Egyptian food. The most common form is pita type bread. Beans are also the staple part of Egyptian food. Molokihyya is an Egyptian green, summer vegetable often used to make a thick soup, which is served with bread or over rice.
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