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Philae Temple Before and After the High Dam

Isis Temple in Philae Island

Isis Temple in Philae Island

Have you ever heard about Isis Temple in Philae Island ?! and why it was relocated ?
Well, Isis Temple, usually known as “Philae Temple, is believed to be consecrated to the goddess Isis, but after the first Aswan dam was built the temple became submerged ! At that time, tourists used to visit the temple by riding boats !

Isis Temple in Philae Island

Isis Temple in Philae Island

Later on, the relocation project began during the Aswan dam construction when UNESCO formulated a plan to move each structure, piece by piece. It was saved and relocated in other Island 550 kilometer from its original emplacement after the completion of the High Dam in 1971, so that the level of the water is stabilized around the chosen island.

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Crocodile museum to open in Aswan, Egypt

Crocodile-Museum

The first “Museum of Crocodiles” will open this month in front of the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan, a busy tourist area on the East bank of the Nile, southern Egypt.

 

Forty mummified crocodiles of ranging in size from 1.5m long to almost of five metres long will be exhibited, according to Egypt’s tourism authority.

The museum, which is opening in time for Aswan’s National Day in January, will also feature statues of Sobek, known by Ancient Egyptians as ‘the crocodile god’.

 

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The Best Seven Ancient Tourist Attractions in Egypt.

“In Upper Egypt, so many people make their living from tourism, they won’t let anything happen to a tourist. It would be like attacking themselves,” Thomas said. “Most Egyptian people are kind and generous and consider you to be their guest in their country. They feel it’s their duty to make you happy.”

Okay, but this is Cairo — 20 million-plus people squished between the Nile and the Egyptian desert — even if everyone I met here, including those seven folks I’d asked directions of during a solo walk from the Cairo Marriott to the Ramses shopping centre, Tahrir Square and Egyptian Museum were helpful.

If you’re hesitant taking that once in a lifetime trip to Egypt, don’t be. Eight months after the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarek, life in Egypt — jewel of the Nile and spell-binding North Africa — is pretty much back to normal. There have been two deadly confrontations between protesters and the army since, but both incidents were localized and none involved visitors to the country.

Egypt is quite likely the safest country in the Middle East and Africa. Tourism also is the country’s second-most important industry (next to the Suez canal).

Five million visitors arrived in Egypt in 2010, many lured by the irresistible Red Sea resort towns of Sharm El Sheikh and Hugearta. Others, like myself, came to see the great pyramids of Giza, the temples of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, the Nile, eclectic Aswan, the Sahara desert and so much else this diverse country has to offer. While tourism suffered during the first six months following the revolution, numbers are edging up again slowly.

Egypt is the cradle of civilization — so ancient that centuries before the Greeks invented Zeus, Apollo and Aphrodite, the Pharaohs already had erected gold temples to their gods: Amun (creator), Ra (Sun god) and Isis (goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility).

And, while there are Roman catacombs in Alexandria and Greek ruins in Cairo, the ancient world of the Pharaohs exists only in Egypt.

Here’s what impressed the most:

1. EGYPTIAN MUSEUM: If museum-strolling were a sport, a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo would equate withscoring a seat to the World Cup soccer final. Nearly 200,000 visitors flocked to the Art Gallery of Ontario a few years ago to view 100 artifacts belonging to the Egyptian Pharaohs. Imagine, then, the drawing power of this overwhelming collection. Built in 1902, this two-storey, 42-room museum contains 120,000 ancient artifacts, including the mummies of 27 pharaohs, their gold thrones, coffins, jewels, art — you name it — plus the massive King Tut collection. While plans are afoot to relocate the museum near the great pyramids of Giza, the move is not imminent.

2. NILE RIVER CRUISE: About 85 million people live in Egypt, most of them in cities and towns hugging the Nile. It has been this way forever, so a river cruise is easily the best and most relaxing way to see historical Egypt. Just don’t expect five-star amenities. We sailed on the Ra 2, a typical flatboat with 75 cabins, a small deck-top swimming pool, one restaurant (buffet) and three bars, with not much in the way of entertainment. But when you’re sailing down the river of the Pharaohs, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Napoleon — nursing an Egyptian Stella (beer) — what’s not to like?

3. VALLEY OF THE KINGS — TOMBS: There were at least 63 Pharaohs buried here, in private, multi-roomed tombs, complete with elaborate story-telling murals and hieroglyphic script dating back to 1,700 BC. While grave-robbers emptied the first 62, Tut’s tomb — buried underneath King Ramses VI — wasn’t discovered until 1922 and remained untouched and over-flowing with priceless gold, jewelry and other antiquities, most of it now on display at the Egyptian Museum.

4. ASWAN, HIGH DAM, PHILAE TEMPLE: Located near the Tropic of Cancer, this city of 300,000 is home to the Aswan Dam, an incredible feat of engineering that re-routed the Nile, but flooded Nubian villages and several historic temples, including Philae. Philae was reconstructed block by block while new homes were purchased for the Nubians, many of whom make their living designing exotic, camel-bone jewelry.

5. KARNAK AND LUXOR TEMPLES: Karnak Temple is the largest in the world, as each successive Pharaoh felt obliged to add his own rooms. Karnak was featured in the James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, and is just down the road from the equally bewitching Temple of Luxor.

6. COPTIC CAIRO DISTRICT: Here, on the banks of the Nile, is where the baby Moses was discovered by the Pharaoh’s daughter; and where Joseph, Mary and Jesus hid out for three-and-a-half years. Cairo, itself, is an acquired taste, but enchanting when lit up at night.

7. THE GREAT PYRAMIDS/SPHINX OF GIZA: Amazing! The pyramids and sphinx are Egypt’s most recognizable symbols and can’t be missed.

Reference: Torontosun

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1,109 Israeli tourists arrived at Sinai resorts

During the swap deal of Ilan Grapel and the 25 Egyptian prisoners, the Taba crossing border received 1,109 Israeli tourists heading to South Sinai.

Despite the recent events at the crossing border witnessed on Thursday October 27, traffic movement there is normal on Friday October 28 and before the closing of the border crossing during the accomplishment of the swapping.

 

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The Foreign Ministry denies Britain issuing warnings against travelling to Egypt

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Counsellor Amr Rushdi, absolutely denied some media circulated that the British Foreign Office issued warning to its nationals against travelling to Egypt, and even said that London has advised its citizens to leave Egypt, which is totally untrue, as the British Travel Guide is keen on stressing that there are no restrictions on travelling to Egypt.

The Spokesman added that the foreign ministries in many countries, including the Egyptian Foreign Ministry itself,

The Spokesman wondered why people circulate such rumours which might damage Egypt’s tourism, the main revenue resources. He also appealed to all media to seek accuracy and be responsible at such important stage. usually issue general instructions including recommendations to citizens before travelling abroad. The latest edition of the British Travel Guide, issued on Tuesday, did not include more than advising the British travelling to Egypt to carry their personal identifications; commit to the instructions of tourism companies and the Egyptian authorities and take into account the customs and Egyptian traditions.

Reference: Arab Republic of Egypt-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Festival of Tutankhamen Tomb Discovery in Luxor

when: Nov 2011 (annual)
where: Luxor

Egypt‘s Festival of Tutankhamen Tomb Discovery is an annual event organised by Luxor City Council. It celebrates the finding of the tomb on 4 November 1922, about 3500 years after the boy king was mummified.

The festival is inspired by the ancient Opet, an Egyptian ceremony that commemorated the annual reunion of the Sacred Theban Triad (God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu) during the reign of King Tutankhamen.

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Two archeological pieces of Egyptian Museum found

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

Two Egyptian archeological pieces were found in the Egyptian Museum during an inventory check up of the Museum’ contents.

It was reported the two pieces were lost during the chaos on January 28, 2011, during the January 25 Revolution.

One of the pieces is a bed made of clay while the other is a wooden vase. Both pieces are dated back the Pharonic era, said a member of inventory committee, Raafat al-Nabarawy.

He said the workers found the pieces in storeroom IV of the Egyptian Museum. Consequently, all storerooms of the Egyptian Museum will be inventoried.

El-Nabarawy said the Museum employees did not find the pieces in their glass-case and so thought the pieces were lost. The lost pieces were registered in the list of lost monuments during the initial inventory.

By the time the committee finishes the inventory, a report will be submitted to the Public Prosecutor, Abdel Magid Mahmoud, who appointed the Committee to create an inventory of all pieces in the Egyptian Museum.

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Italian-Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archeology and the Association of Arts and Islamic Monuments will present an exhibition titled “Restoration and Restorers” later this month.

Al-Sennary Archeological House, the Italian-Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archeology and the Association of Arts and Islamic Monuments will present an exhibition titled “Restoration and Restorers” later this month.

The exhibition is scheduled to begin on August 8 at El-Sayeda Zenab and will last for four days.

Al-Sennary House will also hold a seminar to discuss the work of the Italian-Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology.

Attendees for the exhibition include: Ali Taha Omr, Director of the Restoration Department at the Italian-Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology, Hossam Ismail, professor of Islamic monuments at Ain Shams University and Tarek El-Morsi, an Islamic monuments researcher at Alexandria Library.

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Twelve missing objects returned to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Twelve of the artifacts missing from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo have been returned, including six bronze statuettes dated to the Late Period, a small limestone statue of a sphinx, and five necklaces.

 

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo

It is unclear if the people who had possession of these antiquities had any relationship with the looters who broke into the museum. They attempted to try and authenticate the objects by contacting a young archaeologist, whose name I have withheld for his own safety, with the goal was of selling the stolen pieces. The archaeologist recognized the objects as those missing from the museum and took photographs with his mobile phone. He contacted the director of the museum and the police, and the people were taken into custody.
I believe that the rest of the missing antiquities will be found soon. It will be very difficult to sell any of the missing antiquities, and we will do everything in our power to have them returned.

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Akhenaton missing statue is back to the Egyptian Museum

 

The limestone statue of king Akhenaten

The limestone statue of king Akhenaten

A Cairo teenager found a priceless statue of Pharaoh Akhenaton near a garbage bin after it had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum during anti-regime protests, Egypt’s antiquities chief said on Thursday.

The museum’s world renowned collection was burgled and several artefacts went missing last month, including statues of King Tutankhamun and Pharaoh Akhenaton.

A 16-year-old protester found the sculpture near a rubbish bin in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the demonstrations which brought down president Hosni Mubarak, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said.

He took the statue home, where his uncle Sabri Abdelrahman, a professor at the American University in Cairo, recognized the piece and returned it to authorities, Hawass said.

“The statue is one of the most beautiful statues of Akhenaton, which highlights the skill of Egyptian artists at the time,” said Egyptian Museum director Tarek al-Awadi.

The statue would be restored before going back on display in the museum.

Akhenaton was a ruler of the 13th Dynasty. Last year, Egypt announced that DNA tests had confirmed him to be the father of famed boy King Tutankhamun.

Nationwide protests erupted in Egypt on January 25, which led to the overthrow of Mubarak and left at least 365 dead and scores more injured or detained.


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