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Road to Egypt is your guide to Egypt's past, your key to enter the fascinating world of pharaohs, deities, sultans and caliphs; relive the crusades, conquests, fiefdoms and dynasties over 7000 years of civilization. It is also your link to the present, with state of the art transportation and accommodation facilities at your disposal.
A modern busy metropolis, Cairo is overseen by the pyramids at Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. The area we now call Cairo has been a major city since the time of the pharaohs, with each segment retaining much of its history and culture.
Cairo, Egypt's capital city, has over 16 million inhabitants. It ranks as one of the largest cities in Africa. This city of contradictions will enthrall you with its ageless charm. The ancient and the modern co-exist in surprising harmony, and the hospitality and friendliness of its people will set you at ease.
The Pyramids of Giza
The only present day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The largest and oldest of the Pyramids of Giza is that of Cheops (Khufu). Also known as the Great Pyramid, it is thought to have been built between 2589 - 2566 BC. Located at the base of the south face of the Great Pyramid are five boat pits discovered in 1982, as well as a Museum which houses one of the boats.
Eulogized in poetry, enthroned in legend, the Sphinx remains a symbol of strength, wisdom and mystery for eons. Partially buried several times over the years by the shifting desert sands, the Sphinx now stands fully exposed with its impressive dimensions visible to all. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the Sphinx lines up with the Pyramid of Khafre.
Salah el Din Citadel
Old Cairo offers a multidude of examples of Islamic architecture and monuments, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders.
Khan el Khalili Bazaar
Cairo offers numerous shopping opportunities, Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is the place to go. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravans in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. This labrynth of narrow streets houses workshops and stalls(some of them hundreds of years old) selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.
The Pyramids of Abu Sir
The Pyramids of Abu Sir (near Sakkara) consisted of 14 pyramids from the 5th Dynasty. Only four are still standing, Of the four there is Neferefre which was never finished and is in very poor condition, and Neferikare which is also unfinished and the tallest of the group.
King Khufu, who is also known by the Greek name "Cheops, " was the father of pyramid building at Giza. He ruled from 2551 - 2528 B.C. and was the son of King Sneferu and Queen Hetpeheres. The pyramid was built in 2589-2566 B.C. and consists of 2,300,000 limestone and granite blocks of stone.
Memphis was built in 3100 BC, and is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. By the 3rd Dynasty, the building at Sakkara suggests that Memphis had become a sizable city. Memphis was later used as a stone quarry, but the 'cemetery city' of Sakkara survives.
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum is located at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Built in 1897 it has 107 halls comprising of: Huge Pharaonic statues and sarcophagi on the ground floor, Tutankhamen treasures and pre-dynasty and Old Kingdom monuments.