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Citadel


Alexandria

The Citadel of Qaitbey was built atop the ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Today the island of Pharos and its entrance causeway separate the two huge harbors of Alexandria.

Restored this is a tourable tourist site. This is also a great place to watch observe the Egyptian people and their families as they enjoy the sea wall and sea front.


The Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in El Giza, Egypt.

It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

A sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human or a cat. The largest and most famous is the Great Sphinx of Giza. The head of the Great Sphinx is believed to be that of the pharaoh Khafra.

Sphinx

Horus


Falcon God Horus

Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion.

Horus was considered to be very powerful as the God of the sky, the god of upper and lower Egypt, the god of war and the god of hunting.

In this picture you can see where many hands have touched him hoping for good fortune.

Amada Temple

Amada


Amada Temple

On the shore of Lake Nasser sits this simple looking building containing amazing art and drawings detailing the activities of gods and pharoahs thousands of years ago. Preserved by the desert and moved when the Aswan Dam was built they are an Egyptian Treasure.

Luxor


Luxor

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the bank of the Nile River in ancient Thebes. It was founded in 1400 BC.

In ancient times Thebes was the capital of the known world and known as the southern sanctuary.

Today the city is known as Luxor and is the site of many temples, the Valley of the Kings and the Queens and home to many Sphinx.

Seeing Luxor Temple at night was a most memorable, and incredible experience.


Abu Simbel

Construction of the Aswan High Dam threatened the huge temples of Abu Simbel with submersion under Lake Nasser. Between 1964 and 1966, UNESCO and the Egyptian government took both temples apart and reconstructed them on top of a cliff 200 feet above the original site.

The temple dedicated to Ramses II is 119 feet wide, and 100 feet high, while the front seated statues are 67 feet in height. The rooms extend 158 feet into the rock andare oriented so that at spring and fall solstice the sun for one day only extends back to light the four gods sitting at the back in the most sacred temple.

 

Abu Simbel

Christmas Dinner


Christmas in Egypt

We wondered what would happen on Christmas Day in this most Moslem of countries. We were served a most amazing banquet and gifted with the Key of Life by a most merry Santa.

The displays of carved fruits and vegetables showed a great deal of artistry by the kitchen staff. From the candles in orange shells to the highly decorated gingerbreads our mouths dropped open in wonder.

Nine courses later, we could barely move let alone climb the stairs to our entertainments.

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