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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018

There is something mystical about this land whose life seems to be nurtured by the long flowing River Nile. Is it the Sphinx, the Pharoahs, the pyramids of Giza or just the desert sand? In all probability it is all of it, as the history of Egypt is one of the oldest and has many answers to our past. As much of the tourist attractions are around the River Nile, a cruise along the river will be a good idea.

For a traveler, visiting Cairo for the first time, it would be a medley of donkey-drawn carts, luxury cars, mud brick villages, modern homes, ancient culture, modern trends, golf courses, bowling alleys, happening clubs, restaurants, traditional food. For those of us intent on picking souvenirs, the Khan al-Khalili market would be the place. This is a great place to buy exotic perfume bottles, Arabic clothing and other souvenirs.

Egyptian culture has six thousand years of recorded history. Ancient Egypt was among the earliest civilizations and for millennia. One can get a glimpse of this at the Al-Qalaa Citadel, Coptic Museum, Museum of Islamic Arts, Gayer-Anderson Museum, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Mosque at Al-Azhar, Abdeen Palace Museum, Abu Sir Pyramids and Manial Palace Museum.

There are more than 80 pyramids in Egypt which were built mostly between 2600 BC and 1500 BC and all are situated close to the Nile river. After the ruler died (or other prominent royal figures like queens), their bodies were wrapped and preserved as a mummy, and placed in the Pyramid. The most popular pyramids are the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx: An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 workers built the Pyramids at Giza over 80 years. Giza also has the largest pyramid also known as “Great Pyramid” which rises an amazing 481 feet.

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