Top 2 Places to Visit in Egypt

Africa | | June 27, 2011 at 12:30 am


Are you planning to spend the next vacation in Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs? Then the two places described below should be a part of your touring plan:

Abu Simbel:

The 2 temples in the Egyptian territory of Abu Simbel are among the most visited places of Egypt. The two reasons behind the popularity of these temples among the tourists are: the fact that they were relocated from their actual cliff and their stunning features. Both these colossal temples were first carved more than 3 millenniums ago from a huge sandstone cliff located in the adjacent area of River Nile. The entire construction work of the original temples took place during reign of Ramesses II, the great Egyptian Pharaoh. These temples were dedicated to Egyptian Gods and the Pharaoh.

However, there were all the facts of the past. In the last century, during the 1960s while the construction work for Aswan High dam was going on, these temples were at risk of getting submerged in Lake Nasser. To stop any such happening, the Government of Egypt in association with UNESCO relocated the temples in an artificially constructed mountain. The process of relocation involved dismantling both the temples and again reassembling them into the same form.

Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt:

Giza is the biggest city of Egypt. The city is only a few miles away from the Egyptian capital of Cairo. This city houses one of the most nicely built Egyptian Pyramids. It is the Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu, who was also often called Pharaoh Cheops. Another special attraction of Giza is the Sphinx. Sphinx is a statue that has a half-lion, half-human body. This statue ranks quite high in the list of largest and oldest statues of the world.

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