It is a place filled with ancient history. Its buildings and monuments offer insight into who we were 5,000 years ago. The Pyramids of the Giza Plateau are astounding. From an architectural point of view they rival many modern buildings in their ability to enlist a response of awe. And when you think about what it took to build them. You cannot help but be stunned by the tyranny within our human nature. They stand next to the amazing and inscrutable Sphinx, which gazes intently out into the desert. Archeologists still do not know exactly who built it or when.
The Cairo museum is stuffed with artifacts. All of the contents of Tutankhamen’s tomb are there, including gorgeous jewelry, incredible furniture, and beautiful stone carving and sculpture. Much of the displays seem uncared for and dusty, as if they had not been looked at since first placed there by a Victorian era curator. Apparently, a new museum is being built.
There are countless temples and remains everywhere in the desert along the banks of the Nile; it could take a lifetime to visit it all. Read my next article to experience some of them.
There is no place else in the world you will experience all of these things. This is why it is worth taking on all the risks to visit Cairo in the desert land of Egypt.
Pyramids & More
With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. Visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, where Tutankhamun’s tomb was unearthed, and see the glittering finds in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Hop off a Nile boat to visit Dendara, Edfu or one of the other waterside temples, cross Lake Nasser to see Ramses II’s masterpiece at Abu Simbel, or trek into the desert to find the traces of Roman trading outposts. You never know – your donkey might stumble across yet another find, for that is the way many previous discoveries were made.