Hidden Gems in Egypt waiting to be discovered
Trip to Egypt the first thing that comes to people’s minds when someone mentions Egypt is the extraordinary Pyramids, the Great Sphinx of Giza, Karnak temple, and the Valley of the kings, Don’t get me wrong they are all amazing works that every person should see at least once in their lifetime, but also there is a lot more in
Egypt than only these places you can add to your Egypt Holiday and in the following passages we’re going to name a
1- The Dendera Complex Temple
The Dendera Temple complex is located about 2.5 km southeast of Dendera, Egypt, and five km northwest of the city of Qena. It is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. The Temple was dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of heaven and fertility that was worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. It is not just a single temple, but rather a complex of temples extending over an area of 40 thousand square meters, and it includes many historical phenomena that indicate the use of this site by the kings of the ancient state until the Greco- Roman era. It is famous for the astronomical scenes depicted on its roof, as well as the many scenes depicting kings and emperors making offerings to the gods. It is also distinguished by the presence of catacombs and on the southern wall of
the temple a rare relief inscription of Cleopatra and her son
2- The White desert
The White Desert is located in the Farafra Oasis in western Egypt and it’s
considered a rare treasure in the country. It only takes a 5-hour drive from Cairo to get to it. But once you’re there, it will blow your mind as if you’ve gone to another world or even a set of a new sci-fi movie that includes aliens
and treasures and you’re welcome to take as many photos as you like. What makes this journey to the desert unique, is that you must begin it by going through the black desert first. This desert is characterized by countless unique
mountain ranges, each bearing a layer of black stones, which were thrown from volcanoes millions of years ago, giving the sandy landscape a colorful character and an exquisite contrast.
3- The Lost City of Heracleion
The charming city of Alexandria has many monuments from Roman, Greek, Coptic and Islamic civilizations, but not only the surface that has this kind of monuments, but its beach is even richer, here comes the lost city of Heracleion.
The city of Heracleion, which sank thousands of years ago, was found and used to represent the largest parts of Alexandria before it was lost due to climatic and natural changes. Heraclion was built on the Egyptian city of “Thonis”, which was an important port for Egypt on the Mediterranean in the ancient about 600 BC, and the
temple of Khones (a son of Amun) was one of the most important landmarks of Thonis, where people come from the eastern Mediterranean to worship and find peace. Recently, Archaeologists found the remains of a 25-meter-long warship dating back to the Ptolemaic era and built in a classical style with the Egyptian style
intertwined with it, as it is a ship mixed between the Egyptian style and the
4- Colossi of Memnon
Two large giants were established for thousands of years to the right of the road leading to the tombs of the dead in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the rest of the temples scattered on the western mainland in Luxor Governorate, and they are guarding the road and all the temples in the west. The Colossi of Memnon is all that remains of the temple commemorating the pharaoh (Amenhotep III), and the height of the statue reaches 21.90 meters. The statue of Memnon belongs to King Amenhotep III, as it was overseen by the famous architect Amenhotep Ibn Habu, and in the past, there was an ancient funerary temple of King Amenhotep III and nothing remains of it except the two statues, each with a height of about 21.90 meters, and they are considered
part of the agenda Tourist attractions for foreigners who enjoy Luxor and its monuments.
The reason for naming the two statues “Memnon” is due to a funny story, which is that when the two statues were cracked in ancient times in the era of the Greeks, especially the left statue, sounds were issued from them as if they
were sad singing due to the passage of air through those cracks who was killed by Achilles in the Trojan Wars, hence the name Memnon, and because of those sounds, the two statues were among the most famous ancient monuments,
and with the increasing importance of the legend that was being narrated about these two statues, one of the Roman emperors decided to repair the cracks and the cracks The two statues, around the year 200 AD, stopped the sound forever, a phenomenon that remained for a long time, a reason for the influx of visitors
and travelers to Egypt, and the fact remains, which is that these two statues belong to King Amenhotep III, one of the kings of the 18th dynasty, the most powerful ruling family in ancient Egyptian history.
For sure this is not all Egypt got a lot of activities you can enjoy during your Egypt holiday but if you wanna cover most of the major attractions
The 8 days Egypt tour itinerary is a great choice as it covers most of the major attractions and keeps in mind more days equals more fun