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Famous Places to go in Egypt (Part 2)

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

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Places you should visit in Egypt.

Part 2- Alexandria Upper & Lower Egypt, and Red sea.

When people hear the word "Egypt", they think of the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile.

However, for more than 7,000 years of unique history, heritage and culture, there are many other fantastic attractions in Egypt to visit.

Here are the most famous attraction places you should visit or know about...


**ALL PRICES ARE BASED ON THE PRICES FROM THE MINISTRY OF ANTIQUITIES AND TOURISM OF EGYPT**



Alexandria

Qaitbay Fort

The Citadel of Qaitbay is a defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, in Alexandria, Egypt. It was built on the old lighthouse location after it was destroyed by the earthquake it was established in 1477 AD (882 AH) by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay.


Royal Jewelry Museum

The Royal Jewelry Museum is an art and history museum in the Zizenia neighborhood of Alexandria, Egypt. It is located in the former palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra'. The building's halls contain a valuable collection of jewels and jewelry of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty.

Amongst some of the museums, roughly 11,000 pieces of fine jewelry include royal badges with King Farouk's name, inlaid with diamonds, and the magnificent jewelry collection of Farouk's wife, Queen Farida.

Other parts of King Farouk's collection are his ebony walking stick, gold and sapphire cups embedded with over 200 bits of sapphire and 29 pieces of diamond, and golden magnifying glasses inlaid with 510 diamonds and 16 rubies and sapphires.

Opening Hours: 09:00AM to 05:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigner: Adult:EGP 100 \ Student: EGP 50

Egyptian\ Arabs: Adult: EGP 20\ Student: EGP 5.


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

The granite exterior wall of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is lined with hieroglyphs and characters from 120 different languages. The research and intellectual center, opened in 2001, is located in the Eastern Harbor of Alexandria.



Sunken Monuments

Qaitbay Fort

The site lies at a depth of 6–8 m. It dated back to the Greco-Roman period but it includes artifacts from the Pharaonic period.

Some of these artifacts are the remains of the lighthouse itself and the rest were brought from the Serapeum and thrown at the entrance of the harbor to prevent the entry of enemy fleets in the 12th-century A.C.

- At a depth from 6 to 8 meters more than 3000 pieces were located, including statues, sphinxes, and columns of different shapes, capitals, and bases of columns and parts of obelisks.

- Blocks from different sizes and weights (some of them weighing 75 tons). The artifacts’ materials are such as granite, calcite, quartzite, limestone, sandstone, and greywacke.

- North of Qaitbay three wrecks was located. No wood remained, but amphorae, daily utensils as well as metal and stone anchors were found. The wrecks span from the 3rd century BC to the 7th century AD.

- fourth wreck was located to the west, carrying blocks of limestone probably from EI-Mex quarry, some 10 km west of Qaitbay, that was likely intended for construction purposes in Alexandria.



Abu Qir Bay

The Abu Qir Bay is a large bay on the Mediterranean Sea lying between the Rosetta mouth of the Nile and the town of Abu Qir. The ancient cities of Canopus, Heracleion, and Menouthis lie submerged beneath the waters of the bay. These two cities already existed before the founding of Alexandria in 332 BC by Alexander the Great.

Many artifacts and monuments are being brought out from the depths, including colossal statues, steles, and a variety of religious and daily‑life objects, shedding light on the lives that once populated these two great cities.



Red Sea & Sinai

Saint Catherine's Monastery

On the slopes of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, lies one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery includes multiple structures, the most important of which is the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior, which itself contains nine smaller churches. One of these is the Church of the Burning Bush, from which God had spoken to the prophet Moses.

Saint Catherine’s Monastery also includes 10 other churches, the monks’ accommodations, a refectory, an olive press, ossuaries, a Fatimid mosque from the 12th century AD, and a library that boasts rare books and 6,000 manuscripts.

Opening Hours: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

Tickets: for Church for burning Bush Foreigners: Adult: EGP 140 / Student: EGP 70 Egyptians/Arabs: Adult: EGP 20 / Student: EGP 10.


Oyun Mossa

Oyun Musa, the springs of Moses found 20 km South of the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel in South Sinai, Oyun Musa is one of Egypt’s hot springs; renowned for the therapeutic effects of its water, the destination has made Sinai popular for therapeutic tourism.

Oyun Musa boasts the world’s highest sulfur rates, and with temperatures reaching up to 27 degrees Celsius, the water helps treat many diseases such as those of the kidneys and skin.


Sharm Al-Sheikh Museum

The museum was completed in 2017, The museum displays the different aspects of human civilization and culture in general, specifically on ancient Egyptian civilization.

The museum’s Grand Hall presents a history of humans and wildlife in ancient Egypt and highlights ancient Egyptian civilization’s preoccupation with science, mathematics, industry, crafts, family life, and love for animals to the point of reverence. To showcase this point, animal the Grand Hall is where animal mummies are displayed.

In the Hall of Civilization are displayed the beautiful inner and outer coffins of Isetemheb, the wife of the high-priest of Amun Panedjem II, who was herself a priestess of Isis, Min, and Horus in Akhmim. Notable also are Isetemheb’scanopicjars, papyrus collection, cosmetics, and perfume vessels, the head of a statue of Hatshepsut, and Tanagra figurines depicting women wearing a variety of dresses, in addition to objects that display Sinai’s cultural heritage.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM & 05:00 PM tp 11:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigners: Adult: EGP 200 / Student: EGP 100

Egyptians/Arabs: Adult: EGP 40 / Student: EGP 20.




Hurghada Museum

The museum reflects the Egyptian civilization from different historical ages just in one place. The Museum is not only the first antiquities museum in the Red Sea, but also the first museum that is the result of a joint venture between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the red sea Governorate, and the private sector. The museum has the most unique masterpieces from all ages of history including tut ankh Amon tomb selected relics. Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigners: Adult: EGP 250 / Student: EGP 125 / Child (6-12 yrs) EGP 125

Egyptians/Arabs: Adult: EGP 80 / Student: EGP 40 /Child (6-12 yrs) EGP 40.




Hurghada Grand Aquarium

Hurghada Aquarium is located in Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate. It is one of the largest aquariums when it opened in January 2015, and contains nearly 1 million gallons in tank space. It is home to over 1200 individual animals and 100 species.

Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigners: Adult: USD 32 / Child USD 16

Egyptians: Adult: EGP 275 / Child EGP 137.50.

Arabs: Adult: EGP 437 / Child EGP 225.



Colored Canyon

Coloured Canyon is a rock formation on Sinai peninsula. It is a maze of rocks, some of them have about 40 meters. The canyon is almost 800 meters long.

The nearest town to the canyon is Nuweiba. It is about 90 km north of Dahab.


Luxor

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple was the most important temple in Luxor.

The complex is a vast open site and includes the Karnak Open Air Museum.

It consists of four main parts, of which only the largest is currently open to the general public. The three other parts, the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, and the dismantled Temple of Amenhotep IV, are closed to the public.

There also are a few smaller temples and sanctuaries connecting the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amun-Re, and the Luxor Temple. Construction of temples started in the Middle Kingdom and continued into Ptolemaic times.

Several highlights are worth mentioning; The world-famous Great Hypostyle Hall is a forest of 134 columns. These massive columns have a height of 15 meters, aside from the larger, central, twelve, which stand 21 meters tall.

A magnificent obelisk of Hatshepsut (c.1473–1458 BC) in a nearby hall stands at a colossal height of nearly 30 meters. At the eastern end of Karnak is the Akhmenu, a temple by Thutmose III (c.1479–1425 BC) dedicated to the cults of various deities, his royal predecessors, as well as his cult.

Opening Hours: 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigners: Inclusive tickets allowing entry into Karnak Temple and Open Museum in Karnak. Adult: EGP 200 / Student: EGP 100.

Mut Temple in Karnak: Adult: EGP 20 / Student: EGP 5.

Egyptians/Arabs: Karnak Temple: Adult: EGP 20 / Student: EGP 5 /Child (6-12 yrs) EGP 40.Open-Air Museum Temple: Adult: EGP 10 / Student: EGP 5 - Mut Temple in Karnak: Adult: EGP 10 / Student: EGP 5


Der Al Bahari

Deir el-Bahari is a complex of mortuary temples and tombs located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor. Although Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s stunning temple is the most well-known structure at Deir-el-Bahri, the site also includes three temples. These temples were dedicated to the worship of the pharaohs who built them, a place where offerings and prayers could be made to them.

Includes: Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut; Mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II; Temple of Thutmose III

The oldest temple at the site is the Eleventh Dynasty temple of Mentuhotep II. Thutmose III’s mortuary temple was built next to that of his stepmother and co-pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

Opening Hours: 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM.


The Valley of the king

The rulers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties of Egypt’s prosperous New Kingdom (c.1550–1069 BC) were buried in a desolate dry river valley across the river. The Valley of the Kings is divided into the East and West Valleys. The eastern is by far the more iconic of the two, as the western valley contains only a handful of tombs. In all, the Valley of the Kings includes over sixty tombs and an additional twenty unfinished ones that are little more than pits.

It contains Tomb Of Ramesses VI, Tomb of Sety I & Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Opening Hours: 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

Tickets: Foreigners: Adults EGP 240, /Students EGP 120

Egyptians/Arabs: Adults: EGP 30/ Students EGP 10.



Temple of Hatshepsut

The Temple of Hatshepsut is located in Luxor. Built for the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Hatshepsut, the temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings. This mortuary temple is dedicated to Amun and Hatshepsut and is situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt".

Hatshepsut’s temple is just one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple includes a shrine to Amun, as well as chapels for Anubis and Hathor. The walls show scenes from Hatshepsut’s famous expedition into Punt (modern Somalia) and the so-called “Birth Colonnade” which describes the story of Hatshepsut’s divine birth – a story she used to legitimize her rule.