10 Things To See In Egypt That Are Not Pyramids

The Great Sphinx is as popular as the pyramids. Moreover, it was constructed around 2500 BC in honour of Pharaoh Khafra.

There are quite a lot of fascinating monuments and structures in Egypt. However, tourists generally visit pyramids and leave the rest. Hence, I have accumulated a few eye-catching structures that people should definitely visit.

Great Sphinx of Giza
The Great Sphinx of Giza. Source: Wikimedia Commons

1) The Great Sphinx Of Giza:

The Great Sphinx is as popular as the pyramids. Moreover, it was constructed around 2500 BC in honour of Pharaoh Khafra. The Sphinx is believed to be the face of Khafra. However, its body is of a lion. This particular monument is over 4,500 years old.

The Great Temple of Abu Simbel
The Great Temple of Abu Simbel. Source: Wikimedia Commons

2) The Temples OF Abu Simbel:

The temples of Ramses II and Nefertari, also known as Abu Simbel, are located in the south region of Egypt. These twin temples in Nubia have been drawing visitors since the 1800s. The said temples were buried in the sand for hundreds of years. Tourists generally skip this place as it is quite far and requires a bit of an effort to reach.

The temple of Karnak.
The temple of Karnak. Source: Live Science

3) The Temple Of Karnak:

The temple of Karnak in Luxor is one of the biggest religious structures of Egypt, and it covers over 250 square acres. It was constructed in 2055 BC but was expanded and renovated over the years by multiple pharaohs. Moreover, the Great Temple of Amun is the highlight of Karnak. You cannot explore it in a single day as it is quite massive.

The temple of Luxor.
The temple of Luxor. Source: Wikimedia Commons

4) The Temple Of Luxor:

The temple of Luxor was constructed around 1400 BC. It is quite beautiful and looks ethereal around sunset. The temple was made to honour Amon, king of the gods, his consort Mut, and their son Khons. This masterpiece was constructed during the era of King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty. Moreover, the temple is pretty close to the Nile River.

The White Desert Of Egypt
The White Desert Of Egypt. Source: Wikimedia Commons

5) The White Desert Of Egypt:

The white desert of Egypt is a treat for nature enthusiasts. It looks stunning and is the second biggest desert in Western Egypt. It is located in the large Western Desert of Egypt, approximately halfway between Dakhla and Bahariya oases. 

The Valley of the Kings in Luxor
The Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Source: Pinterest

6) The Valley of the Kings in Luxor:

Most of the tombs of the famous pharaohs of Egypt are in the valley of the kings. The valley of the kings stands on the west bank of Nile River. Moreover, the wadi has two valleys; the first one is East Valley, where most of the royal tombs are located, and the second is known as the West Valley. 

The Philae Temple in Aswan
The Philae Temple in Aswan. Source: Wikimedia Commons

7) The Philae Temple in Aswan:

The Philae temple was located near the first cataract of the Nile in Upper Egypt. However, it was submerged due to uncountable floods since the construction of Aswan Dam in 1902. The temple complex was moved to nearby Agilkia Island. 

The Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor
The Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor. Source: Wikimedia Commons

8) The Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor:

The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is one of the most popular temples of Egypt. The structure itself is a replica of the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, the great prince of Theben who founded the 11th Dynasty of Egypt. 

Deir el-Medina in Luxor
Deir el-Medina in Luxor. Source: Pinterest

9) Deir el-Medina in Luxor:

The Deir el-Medina is a small village where people who constructed Egyptian burial chambers and monuments lived. You can also find their tombs in this particular village. 

Wadi El Hitan, the Valley of Whales in Egypt. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.
Wadi El Hitan, the Valley of Whales in Egypt. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

10) The Valley Of Whales:

The valley of whales is located in the western desert of Egypt. There are over 400 prehistoric skeletons in the valley of whales.

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