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7 places you can't miss on your trip to Egypt


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Egypt is an amazing place, with a vast history that reaches back to the dawn of civilisation.

Ancient Egypt, before its ultimate collapse some 1,700 years ago, was the Land of the Pharaohs, and monuments like the legendary Great Pyramids and Sphinx. The many royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings stand as a commemoration to all of the Egyptian pharaohs who once ruled this ancient land.

Egypt is the oldest travel destination on earth - however, since the revolution in 2011 and the ongoing counter-revolution, safety concerns have caused tourists to stay away from the country.

Whilst visitors may now be trickling back, there still exists the opportunity opportunity for unique experiences without the crowds.

It's the perfect country for a mix of activities combining culture, adventure, and relaxation. Finding yourself alone inside a pyramid is now a real possibility. Here are seven places in Egypt you should check out.  

1. Dahshur

You're interested in the history of Egypt and would love to discover more about the ancient world? Then step into Dahshur. It's a royal necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile, just south of Cairo. It’s known for its ancient archaeological sites, with many ancient tombs and burial sites of pharaohs, including two pyramids which are among the oldest, largest and best preserved in Egypt, built from 2613–2589 BC.

2. The temple of Kalabsha 

This is an Ancient Egyption temple that was originally located at Bab al-Kalabsha (Gate of Kalabsha). It was situated on the west bank of the River Nile, in Nubia, and was originally built around 30 BC during the early Roman era. The temple was a tribute to Mandulis, a Lower Nubian sun god. While the structure dates to the Roman period, it features many fine reliefs.

3. The Baron’s Palace

The Baron's Palace is infamous for its many myths, deaths, and history. Rumours abound that it’s haunted by the Baron’s sister Helena, who mysteriously fell from the balcony of her room, and it has been said to be the meeting place of Satanists. Definitely a good one if you're interested in the occult and the mildly creepy, but although the Baron’s Palace is full of horror, it is still an incredible piece of historical architecture.

4. Helwan Hospital 

Helwan is a city in Egypt and part of Greater Cairo, on the bank of the Nile, opposite the ruins of Memphis. This creepy place was formally the palace of the royal family of King Farouk, but it was later turned into a morgue. With all the dead people having been in this building, rumours started to escalate about lights continuously flickering. Fortunately, the building has now been abandoned. Another one for your spooky bucket list!

5. Al-Azhar Mosque

Take a walk through the history of Al-Azhar and the evolution of its influence under Egypt's various leaders, dating from the 20th Century until modern day. Its name is usually thought to allude to the Islamic prophet Muhammed's daughter Fatimah, a revered figure in Islam who was given the title az-Zahrā′ ("the shining or resplendent one"). Al-Azhar is one of the most important mosques in Egypt and the Islamic world overall. 

6. Bahariya Oasis

Bahariya Oasis, meaning "the Seaside Oasis", is a depression and oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. The valley is surrounded by mountains and has numerous springs. It is believed that Alexander the Great once passed through, as there lies a temple for the Greek figure nearby. During the Middle Kingdom, the oasis was the centre of agriculture, producing wine sold in the Nile Valley. In recent years, Golden Mummies, and its  easy access to the White and Black Deserts, have earned Bahariya a firm spot on the tourist map.

7. The White Desert and the Black Desert

The chalk-white landscape is strewn with alien shapes, boulders of brilliant white that thrust up from the surface of the desert. The desert has been used to film sci-fi movies, including Vin Diesel’s Riddick. The desert is renowned for its rock formations, safari trips, and overnight camping. A night under the stars is an experience never forgotten.

The Black Desert is in contrast with volcanic shaped mountains; the mountains and floors are scattered with small volcanic black stones. Rather than being considered as mountains, they are more like volcanic cones rising out of the desert. It’s possible for people to climb the soft peaks and take some picturesque photographs.

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