Why Should You Visit Egypt?

Egypt – a land where colossal pyramids rise from the golden sands, where strange symbols tell stories of the past, and where legendary pharaohs and gods once ruled. That land is Egypt, and it’s a playground of history and mysteries.

Cairo, the capital city, is where the action happens. Imagine over nine million people calling it home, with even more living nearby. It’s like a bustling beehive of activity. Plus, it’s right by the Nile River, where the desert and the river meet. Not far away is Giza, a city that’s like Cairo’s best friend.

Cairo loves to show off its Islamic towers, known as minarets, and many folks there follow the Islamic faith. But surprise, about 10% are Christians too! They’re part of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Now, let’s talk about the weather. Summers are sizzling hot, like 35°C (95°F) hot, because the sea is close by. But in winter, it’s a comfy 20°C (68°F).

Here’s the cherry on top: those famous pyramids. They’re like ancient skyscrapers, built more than 4,000 years ago! And guess what? They’re still standing tall. If you’re more into city vibes, Cairo’s got you covered with its old mosques and lively markets. Egypt’s a mix of old tales and modern adventures waiting for explorers like you!

10 Amazing Things to do in Cairo

Discover the Pyramids and Sphinx

1. Discover the Pyramids and Sphinx Relive history by visiting the Pyramids and Sphinx. These colossal structures, built ages ago, reveal the secrets of Egypt's past. Gaze at the towering pyramids that once held mighty pharaohs and discover the enigmatic Sphinx, a statue with a lion's body and a human face. You get to witness the intricate craftsmanship and imagine life in ancient times. Guided tours provide fascinating insights, or you can wander independently. Capture the magic through photos and create memories that will last a lifetime. The Pyramids and Sphinx are not just sights; they're windows to a world that's both captivating and mysterious. These are just a few of the many reasons why Egypt should be your next visiting spot! So, what are you waiting for?

2. Visit the Royal Mummy Gallery

In the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, there's a special place called the Royal Mummy Gallery. Inside, you can see more than 20 royal mummies, like Ramses II, who lived a very long time ago. It's amazing how well some of these mummies are preserved, even though they're thousands of years old. One mummy, Queen Tiye, still has her curly hair!

Shop at Khan El Khalili

When you're done exploring El Moez Street, you can't miss visiting Khan El Khalili. It's a big market where you can find all sorts of things to take home as souvenirs or gifts. There are shops with fancy gold and silver items, as well as fun little things made of plastic. The market looks really beautiful when it's dark, all lit up with lights and lanterns, but be ready for lots of people and bargaining.

Walk along El Moez Street

Cairo has been around for more than a thousand years, and to experience its old side, take a walk on El Moez Street. It's a long street full of really old buildings and places like mosques and palaces. The street is also home to the famous tentmakers' market. The United Nations thinks El Moez Street has the most old treasures from the Islamic world.

Explore the Cairo Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque

The Cairo Citadel is like an old castle that's almost a thousand years old. For a very long time, it was where Egypt's leaders worked and lived. Even today, it's an important place with mosques and museums. The famous Mohamed Ali Mosque is there too. When you're up high in the Citadel, you can see all of Cairo – if the sky is clear, you might even spot the Pyramids in the distance.

Discover Coptic Cairo

In Coptic Cairo, you can see really old churches that go back to a time when ancient Egyptian religions were gone, and Islam hadn't come yet. Some of these churches are from a very, very long time ago, like over a thousand years ago. People say that even the Holy Family stayed here for a bit when they were running away. Coptic Cairo is a place you can walk around and see many things like churches, a Roman fort, a Jewish synagogue, and a museum. You can also buy books and souvenirs.

Admire Sultan Hassan and Al Rifai Mosques

Close to the Cairo Citadel, there are two stunning mosques, Sultan Hassan and Al Rifai. Even though they look similar and are very close, they were built 500 years apart. Sultan Hassan Mosque, built a long time ago in 1359 AD, is very important in the Islamic world. People who know about history call it an amazing building. Al Rifai Mosque was built much later, around 500 years after Sultan Hassan Mosque. It's a special place where the royal family's tombs are, and people also go there to pray.

Take a Boat Ride on the Nile

The Nile River has been important for Egypt for a very long time. To really enjoy the Nile, try taking a ride on a felucca, which is a small boat with a sail. It's peaceful and lets you relax away from the busy city. The best time for this is during sunset when the city lights start to twinkle on the water.

See the Oldest Pyramid in Saqqara

If you love pyramids, you'll want to go to Saqqara. There, you can see the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser. This pyramid looks different from the famous ones at Giza because it has steps. It's like a prototype for the others. You can also find many interesting tombs there.

Enjoy a Pyramids View While Eating

After seeing the Pyramids up close, you can still enjoy them from a distance while having a meal. Don't rush – take your time to eat and drink while you look at the ancient wonders. It's a different way to appreciate them. If you go during the day or at sunset, you'll have the best view, because once it gets dark, it's hard to see them without special lights.

Final Words

To sum it all up, discovering Egypt is an amazing adventure that shows you its history, culture, and beauty. From the big Pyramids to the calm Nile River, Egypt’s best parts are really old and amazing. When you explore the busy markets, old temples, and beautiful views, you’ll make memories you’ll never forget.

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