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Egypt has a wealth of ancient monuments, cities with churches, mosques and narrow streets teeming with life, of villages and fields along the Nile and a choice of holiday resorts. The photos here offer a glance at some of these amazing attractions.
Photo Count: 27
First Published: 20151007
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1. The Citadel, Cairo, Egypt. A popular tourist's site, the citadel was founded by the Muslim commander known as Saladin (Salah-al-Din) in the twelfth century. It is surrounded by the high walls (pictured here) that were to protect it from the Crusaders.
2. Courtyard of the Mohammad Ali Mosque, Cairo, Egypt. The most interesting features in the courtyard are the marble ablution fountain from the early 1800s and the tower clock, a gift from the king of France, Louis Philippe (exchanged for the obelisk from the Temple of Luxor which now stands in the Place de la Concorde in Paris).
3. View of Cairo, Egypt. The photo was taken from the terrace of the Mohammad Ali Mosque early in the morning. In the foreground are the minarets of the Sultan Hassan Mosque.
4. A view of Zamalek at sunrise, Cairo, Egypt. Zamalek is a wealthy suburb boasting some very elegant houses and hotels. The most noticeable there is the Cairo Mariott with a terrace garden where a visitor can enjoy food or a drink.
5. Whirling Dervish, Cairo, Egypt. The man performs the ritual spinning dance. While he moves to the rhythm of the drums, his bright outfit is a stunning whirl of colours.
6. Giza Plateau, Cairo, Egypt. The pyramids of Giza (Khufu, Kafre and Menkaure looking from the left to right) were built by the 4th Dynasty rulers nearly four and a half millennia ago. They manifested the powers of the ancient rulers and they continue to keep us in awe.
7. The men of the desert, Giza Plateau, Egypt. The sunlight shines on the men and their camel and a horse. The hot desert wind rushes through a vast sandy plateau unhindered by trees or grasses. It is high noon and tourists have gone leaving the camel riders to rest and to share their phone messages.
8. The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt. This most recognisable ancient sculpture probably comes from around 2500BC. The photo was taken from the edge of the plateau and the Sphinx appears to stand before the Khafre pyramid. Some say its face is that of the ancient ruler and its lion-shaped body is symbolic of Khafre's power.
9. The Djoser Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt. This pyramid was built for King Djoser of the third Dynasty. Designed by the royal architect and priest Imhotep, it was used as a model for the later structures, including that of Giza.
10. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. Driving from Cairo, a visitor passes through a village of Saqqara before reaching the gates of the archaeological site. The fields beyond the houses are lush and various crops grow among the date palms. The water comes from a network of canals all connected to the River Nile.
11. Ruins of the court of Ramses II, Temple of Luxor, Egypt. The two gigantic statues of Ramses II at the pylon guard the entry to the courtyard and the hypostyle hall with the papyrus columns beyond. The hall and the sanctuary was the place where only pharaoh and priest were allowed to enter.
12. Ramses II, Luxor Temple, Egypt. The seated statue of Ramses II presides over the entry to the Court of Ramses II that is surrounded by papyrus bud columns.
13. Man and statues at Karnak, Luxor, Egypt. The man in the blue robe poses for photos by the three ancient statues of the Temple of Amun.
14. The Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, Luxor, Egypt. The sunlight filters down from the sky and plays among the carved ancient columns, making a visitor feel he is among the tall papyrus reeds.
15. Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt. The ruins of this temple dedicated to two gods, Horus the Elder (Haroeris) and the crocodile god Sobek are situated by the Nile. The photo depicts the columns and the floral capitals of the Outer Hypostyle Hall.
16. Working on the felucca, Aswan, Egypt. Th pictured Nubian man is taking tourists to sail on the felucca. He is probably a member of the community that has been displaced during the construction of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s and 1970s.
17. Temple of Philae, Egypt. This photo depicts the first pylon of the Temple of Isis, the largest and the most important on Philae. The relief sculptures show Ptolemy XII, Isis and the falcon god Horus.
18. A working camel, Mount Sinai, Egypt. This photo was taken near the St Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai. Camels such as this one wait patiently for tourists to arrive.
19. Colossi of Ramses II, Abu Simbel, Egypt. This is the photo of the two colossal statues located on the right side of the temple's facade.
20. Sharm el-Sheikh resort, Egypt. Naama Bay is a stretch of Red Sea coast dotted with the upmarket holiday resorts. A favourite diving and snorkelling spot, this area of Sharm el-Sheik has been attracting international tourists since the late 1980s.
21. Sharm el-Sheikh resort, Egypt. A balloon ride over the Red Sea- one of the attractions offered at this five star resort
22. Sharm el-Sheikh resort, Egypt. The landscaped areas of the Sharm el-Sheikh resort - a path leading to one of the restaurants.
23. Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This image was taken at the holiday resort in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
24. Sharm el-Sheikh resort, Egypt. One of the swimming pools at the resort with a view of the Red Sea.
25. Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. These columns are set up in a part of immaculately kept grounds. When the sun shines on them a visitor is reminded of the Egyptian temples but at hight they turn into the pillars of light. The result is spectacular.
26. Sharm el-Sheikh resort, Egypt. Relaxing by the pool on the beautiful morning.
27. Hibiscus, Reef Oasis Blue Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The low hibiscus hedges flank many paths in this resort, adding beauty and colours.
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