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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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Top Five Temples in Egypt.

Top Five Temples in Egypt :

1- Karnak

Its Pylons and Great Hypostyle Hall are on an epic scale, reflecting the supermacy of the cult of Amun during the New Kingdom.

Karnak Temple in Luxor Egypt

Karnak Temple in Luxor Egypt

2- Dendara

The Temple’s magnificent astronomical ceiling has been restored to its original bright colours, unseen for centuries.

Dendera Temple complex - Upper Egypt

Dendera Temple complex - Upper Egypt

3- Deir el-Bahri

Overhung by sheer cliffs, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple is almost Modernist in its linear simplicity.

Hatshepsut temple , Luxor Egypt

Hatshepsut temple , Luxor Egypt

4- Abydos

Seti I’s mortuary temple contains some of the finest bas-reliefs from the New Kingdom, retaining much of their original colours.

Abydos temple - Upper Egyp

Abydos temple - Upper Egyp

5- Abu Simbel

This rock-hewn sun-temple is a monument to unabashed egoism, dominated by four colossi of Ramses II.

Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt.

Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt.

 

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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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Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum

Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum

Head of the Egyptian Museum Tarek al-Awadi said the number of tourist groups visiting the museum increased at the beginning of the current week when there was more stability and calm around Tahrir Square area.

Al-Awadi said the number of visitors to the Egyptian Museum decreased last week during the Egyptian parliamentary elections.

“There were 1,591 visitors in the museum on December 3, including 1,045 foreign tourists and 546 Egyptians,” al-Awadi said. He wishes the museum witnesses more visitors in the future.

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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.

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1,200 tourists gather to watch the sun light in Abu Simbel temple

Coming from different countries, 1,200 tourists were able to see the sun illuminate the inner sanctuary of the Abu Simbel temple Saturday, amidst an expansion of facilities used by tourists to the southern Egyptian archaeological site.

Archaeologist Ahmed Saleh, the Director General of Abu Simbel, said that the sun’s passage started promptly at 5:42 am, and lasted for 22 minutes. The illumination announced the beginning of the harvest season for the ancient Egyptians.

Saleh said the phenomenon has nothing to do with what is rumored about the Pharaoh’s birth or his coronation. The phenomenon is repeated twice each year, on Feb. 22 and Oct. 22.

Ahmed Saleh stressed the necessity of promoting this phenomenon all over the over by broadcasting the phenomenon on international channels.

Asad Abdul Majeed, the director of Abu Simbel, said that the city had prepared to receive the tourists. It undertook landscaping and an upgrade in lighting and waste disposal.

The first stage of an expansion of the 125 km (78 mile) Aswan-Abu Simbel road was completed, costing 125 million EGP (U.S. $21 million). The road was doubled in width, and added signage, stations, and car parks.

Work on the international airport of Abu Simbel also continued, with the addition of a car park. This is parallel effort with the creation of a parking area by the Abu Simbel Temple.

Most tourists come to Abu Simbel from Aswan, although some fly to the site or arrived on cruises and floating hotels.

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Exploring El-Fayoum City with Memphis Staff. Part I

Memphis Tours Egypt is very curious to deliver the proper information about the mentioned sightseeing on our website, so we are very keen to update it with the latest news, and its never enough for us to just read about them, so we send a team of experts to find out the locations for giving you all the proper answers to your questions and to provide you with the best recommendations about such places. And hereunder is the adventure made by our professional staff, fetching out El-Fayoum City and places around to provide the best tours ever:

First let us introduce these people who have been assigned for this mission:
Mohamed Amer
Ahmed Fayez
Hassan Musleh
Mohamed Mansour
Mohamed Khalil
Bahaa AlAyee
Zakaria Hussein

And now please allow us to narrate the story of these two days we spent exploring the sightseeings and the city for you.

Water Wheels at Fayoum

Water Wheels at Fayoum

In the early morning of May 24th, 2011 by 08:00 AM we started the day heading from Cairo city to our target(El Fayoum) it took us around one hour driving with Memphis Tours 4×4 GEEP (90 km) to start the day with the fascinating water wheels (sawaky). The city has a lot of them but we made it different to go deeper in the city with a local guide to some other places where you can really enjoy these wheels and take the most beautiful pictures out of them. We knew everything about these wheels and its history and we got ready to answer all of your questions about them. Then we proceeded to fulfill your lunch break time and taste the best of their food, we really enjoyed eating the fresh fishes with their special rise and salads and shrimps beside it with squeezed limon to give out the full taste, we ended up with the tea and some of us had coca to drink.

 

Wadi El-Rayan, Fayoum, Egypt

Wadi El-Rayan, Fayoum, Egypt

Right after the lunch time we carried on driving for about (40 km) to reach the cataract, the water falls known as (Wadi Arayan) to regalse our eyes. The fact is that the cataract is not that big neither deep, but the whole view with the lake close to you and the semi desert atmosphere gives you the feeling of the self relief which we all looking for in a trip. We spent there sometime and had tea on a very local and simple cafe there and then continued our plan to the new discovery known as Madinet Madi (Madi City) about ( 28 km) from Wadi Arayan. When you get there you get amazed of such Roman city which been buired for so many years and they resort it finally with an Italian help. So you see a beautiful Romanian place with a pharaonic impact engraved on some of its walls in a very quiet and pure atmospher.

 

Wadi Hitan, (the valley of whales)

Wadi Hitan, (the valley of whales)

After that we headed to a place of 4 millions of years creatures, Wadi Hitan, (the valley of whales). An area of relaxing time, camping and enjoying the pure nature. The imapct of man there in this place is very limited and doesnt affect such nice area except in the right manner. We basically got sometimes searching for the right way to reach our traget, you may say that we got lost for a few minutes but here we went more happy coz we knew that we will be very aware of such experience to avoid any further misleading with you. We got there by the night time and it was very dark, as the electricity and power things which may interrupt the pure life is not exist there in that wild way we have it in the cities. To reach such place at the night it means alot if you took alook up to the sky where you get dazzeled by the myriad of the stars which looks really facinating. When you look at the sky you take a deep breathe and realse it and you are good to go meditating on whatever comes to your mind. Well, we had our dinner – a mix of the desert food, like the tuna, cheese, some beans with the egyptian bread, and then after the dinner time we all had  the egyptian tea with the desert taste, its different in a good way. Finally and before the end of this beautiful and exhausting day we walked up for like (30 M) for the camping time. They made up the tents for us and gave us the sleeping bags and we where good to go. The only alive thing at that time was some small foxes, they were very little and they are the kind of foxes that you love to have them around, as they are not harmful at all and the only thing you will need to take care of is your stuff – i mean your shoes, small bags or anything small with you. The foxes takes the small staff and hide them in the desert sand as they consider it some food, so they hide them until they get hungary and eat it, rather than this nothing to fear and your good to go, we even took some pictures for one of our staff with the foxes feeding them. So we spent the night chating, laughing and having fun before we get to sleep  and some of us took their sleeping bags and slept in the open air erea to watch the stars, its completely safe.

 

To be continues…
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Parts of Amenhotep III’s double statue uncovered in Luxor

Six missing pieces belonging to the double statue of 18th Dynasty’s King Amenhotep III were uncovered at his funerary temple in Luxor

Dr,Zahi Hawass ans the uncovered fragments

Dr,Zahi Hawass ans the uncovered fragments

130 years after the discovery of the colossal of King Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye, six missing statue pieces have been uncovered at the king’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank. The colossal double statue is currently the centerpiece of the main hall at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The fragments were found during excavation work carried out by an Egyptian team under the directions of Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

At the excavation site, Culture Minister Farouk Honsi stated that the parts were discovered130 years after French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette unearthed the double statue in Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile.

Hawass explained that when the statue was first discovered in 1889 an Italian team restored it, filling in the missing pieces with modern stonework. Several of the newly discovered pieces belong to the figure of Amenhotep III’s, making up the right side of the chest, nemes headdress, and leg. The pieces belonging to the statue of Queen Tiye include a section of her wig and pieces from her left arm, fingers and foot. A small section of the base of the double statue was also found.

The measurements of the six missing fragments range from 47cm to 103cm. These pieces are currently being held at the site of Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple on the west bank, but will soon be relocated to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where they will be restored and fitted into the colossal.

Amenhotep III’s double statue

Amenhotep III’s double statue

Archaeologist Abdul Ghafar Wagdy, the supervisor of the excavation at the site in Luxor, said that these pieces were found as part of a project to lower the ground water on the west bank of Luxor. These fragments are only a few of nearly 1,000 pieces that have been found dating from the Pharonic era to Coptic era

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The face of Tutankhamun

Every time I go to the Egyptian Museum with visitors or a film crew, I always love to take them up to the room of Tutankhamun’s treasures and show them the boy king’s golden mask. This beautiful treasure, which was unfortunately cut from the face of Tutankhamun with hot knives, is one of the most beautiful and stirring images of ancient Egypt. I have worked so much with Tutankhamun and his family over the past several years and we continue to look for the tomb of his wife, Ankhesenamun, in the Valley of the Kings. In addition to the search for her tomb, we are working on a full-scale, exact replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which will hopefully be installed soon next to Howard Carter‘s rest house in Luxor. Tut’s replica tomb will be the first in a new “replica valley” that will include the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari, which have long been closed off to the public.

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

The Deminsion of the Golden Mask of king Tut is 54 cm Height and 39.3 cm Width. The death mask of King Tut is a magnificent sight, gleaming with hammered gold and semi-precious stones. King Tut was buried in three golden coffins, two wooden ones with gold overlay and the third of gold. The well-known artifact, the golden mask, covered the head of the mummy on the third and most elaborate coffin.

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Egypt Nile Cruise and Travel Packages

Egypt Holds a lot of secrets, Monuments, Tombs, People, Culture, Inspiration, Pyramids, The Nile River, Streets, Joy, beauty, Variety in religions and more uncountable secrets that you can discover when you walk in its spiritual streets, when you smell the air of its great civilization. Introducing Egypt in words isn’t the perfect way to explore the magic of the city of magic. Egypt attract every year millions and millions of visitors.

Cruise on Nile River Between Luxor and Aswan

Cruise on Nile River Between Luxor and Aswan

Egypt Nile Cruise is definitely the most fantastic and interested thing to do in Egypt. Spend a few days on board one of the 5* Nile Cruise to sail for about 5 to 8 days along the Nile River at the same time explore the magnificent beauty of the Egyptian Monuments and temples.

The Nile has been one of the main secrets of the prosperous of the ancient Egypt and the long lasting of it’s civilization. Explore the secrets of the Nile River and the spread monuments on it’s banks.

Memphis Tours Egypt provides Egypt’s visitors with a large variety of Nile Cruises with different options and customization your tour option. Nile Cruise tour starts from Luxor, no words can describe the meaning of Luxor. Luxor is the city of the ancient ruins, during yourNile Cruise you will have the chance to walk little around this beautiful city where in every corner you can see a landmark of the human progress in using the stone and math.

Visiting the landmark of Luxor then spend some time relaxing on board your Nile Cruise and enjoying the sun rays with the warm breeze of the Nile River with different activities organized specially for the joy and to provide more fun to our travelers.

It’s the time for Aswan, The city of the Upper Egypt, a part of the Egyptian heritage if it’s not most of the heritage. Nice People with amazing weather and hospitality from the locals, of course during your Nile cruise you will be introduced to the monuments of the city of Aswan.

Dahabyia Nile Cruise

Dahabyia Nile Cruise

The Luxury of the Nile, it’s all about Dahabyia Cruise. Dahabyia is a small cruise holds a few cabins with a very limited number of people it’s more like a private cruise for honeymooners and it’s the perfect choice to enjoy your new life and even for the couples who wants to celebrate their anniversary.

Enjoy the combination between modern Egypt and ancient Egypt. A few days on board 5 Stars Nile Cruise in Egypt is by far one of the most interested things to do in Egypt to enjoy the beauty of Egypt and the comfortable trip you would ever have.

Nile Cruise for the handicapped also is available. Appreciating People with special needs is one of our top priorities and the 5 stars Nile Cruise is provided with 5 stars facilities as the Nile River 5 stars cruises were designed to meet the needs of travelers  who are seeking for a memorable and unforgettable holiday in Egypt full of amazement and happiness,,,,, Enjoy Your Tour to Egypt

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