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Major Tourist Attractions in Egypt Part 1

Posted by | Posted in Travel Inspirations | Posted on 21-09-2011 | comments: 0

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Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Egypt’s economy and has received wide support from the government. More than 10 millions visit the country annually, providing revenues of nearly $10 billion. The interest in Egyptology laid the foundations for the country’s tourism industry.

Cheap calls to Egypt, comfortable hotels, and excellent personnel are trademarks of the country’s tourism industry. The celebrated tourist attractions are the millennia-old monuments for which the Nile Valley is world famous. Principal among them are the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, the Abu Simbel temples south of Aswan and the Karnak Temple Complex and Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Cairo also boasts the Cairo Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha and the coastal areas Sinai Peninsula are very popular with visitors as well.

Giza, about 20km southwest of Cairo, is the site of some of the most impressive and oldest (26th century BC) ancient monuments in the world, including a complex of ancient Egyptian royal mortuary and sacred structures, including the Great Sphinx, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a number of other large pyramids and temples.

Saqqara, some 30 km south of Cairo is a vast, ancient burial ground which served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. It features numerous pyramids, including the world’s oldest standing step pyramid, as well as a number of mastabas.

Luxor, about 500 km south of Cairo, is the site of the ancient city of Thebes and has sometimes been called “the world’s greatest open air museum”. It includes the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor, which stand within the modern city. On the opposite side of the Nile River lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

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