Into the Mummy’s Tomb: Exploring Egypt
Listen up, history buffs and Mummy fanatics. Question. Do you remember sitting rapt in a corner, alert at a desk or strolling around a museum, taken with Egyptian treasures and stories? The legacy of the Pharaohs, the legends of the Gods and the mystery of the pyramids, it’s difficult to imagine NOT dreaming about the sandy, wind-swept deserts of Egypt. From sight-seeing staples, nuanced and spicy cuisines, a slow camel ride across the arid planes to buried treasure and eternal characters, you will be immersed in a new culture, an old culture and the pages of an era so long past, it is shrouded in mystery. Do you dare to delve deeper into the burial chambers of the Giza Necropolis or weave between the monoliths of Karnak? We’ll see you there.
Located in Southern Egypt, Abu Simbel is an ancient oxygen stealer, wowing crowds, locals and pilgrims with its pale golden walls and mountain carved reliefs of the prominent 13th century BCE Pharaoh, Ramesses the Second. While the pyramids are pointy tributes to the afterlife, Abu Simbel was crafted to celebrate a victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Even if you’re allergic temples, believe you’ve seen them all and can stand to just look at the postcards, a trip out to Nubia is a must, as Abu Simbel is not only beautiful, it is a proud piece of long-term architecture (it took twenty years to make) and extremely relevant to Egyptian identity. Ramesses was kind of cool, being the second Pharaoh to celebrate his queen; take a leisurely tour of The Temple of Hathor and Nefertari.
Still tired of temples? We didn’t think so. Just when you thought your mind couldn’t melt into more amazed gasps, the Temple of Karnak appears on the horizon; though its title implies a single location, the Temple is really a city of reverent structures, built by the devoted over 2,000 years. Imagine the biggest religious monolith in your memory banks…Notre Dame, St Peter’s, Abu Simbel maybe, or perhaps Mecca springs to mind? This Karnak based tribute to Amun, Mut and Khonsu is huge. A spiritual super bowl, covering over two hundred acres and witnessing the arrival, prayers and ponderings of thousands of visitors over the course of the last 4,000 years.
You can’t visit Egypt without stopping by the Great Pyramid of Giza and its two accompanying, hand-hewn burial edifices. Pharoah Khufu has a thing for majesty, you could say, his final earthly resting places built over a twenty year span and containing riches, tablets and valuable trinkets. Not to mention the frescoes and hieroglyphics depicting the stories of workers, nobles, court attendants and the personal history of Khufu himself. Though the smooth, limestone seal has been long weathered away, the Great Pyramid is still something to behold. For a long time. We’ll tell you a secret, while the Sphinx is large and assuming, it’s nowhere near as big as creative photographers would have you believe. See for yourself!
Are you a lover of all things Egypt? Can you remember the kings, queens and ancient deities of the time, in order and relevance? Or do you simply find yourself curious? The answer is here. Don’t let another adventure pass you by.