There are many places in this world that played big roles in the history, and Egypt is surely one of those places. It was once the land of the best leaders and it gave home to some of the most fascinating historical characters in the world. As there are just simply too many amazing and wonderful places in Egypt, it is only natural that is it one of the most visited destinations in the world. Among the many attractions, sacred places and sites, the top 10 tourist attractions in Egypt are as follow:
Abydos is located 50 miles on the North West part of Luxor and it houses several temples, tombs and archeological artifacts. This Egypt attraction covers a large area and majority of the place actually remains uncovered. Abydos is probably more popularly known for the well-reserved Temple of Seti remains, which is also called the Great Temple of Abydos. The temple was built in the late 13th century BC by father and son Seti and Ramesses II and it is the main attraction in the whole site.
Abydos, in itself was a very important settlement as far back as 4000BC and as in pre-dynastic Egypt. It was during the time of the Middle Kingdom when the place was considered as a significant religious site that revolves around worshiping Osiris. Aside from the Temple of Seti, other attractions in the Abydos site include; the Temple of Ramesses II, Umm el-Qa’ab necropolis, Osiris tomb or the Osireion. So, Abydos is surely one of the top tourist attractions in Egypt.
Dendera is a complex located about 50 miles from Luxor and it is home to several of the most easily accessible and the most well-preserved Egyptian ruins, making it one of the top 10 tourists attractions in Egypt. What makes this place really special is that aside from the tombs and temples usually found in archeological sites as this, it also houses a Christian basilica. The most significant attraction in Dendera is the Temple of Hathor.
08. Valley of the Kings
This Egyptian tourist attraction is located in Luxor and used to belong to Ancient city of Thebes. The Valley of Kings was the burial site of the Egyptian pharaohs of the Eighteenth up to the Twentieth Dynasty. Visitors to this Ancient Egyptian site flock to take a glimpse of the tombs engraved in the valley’s limestone, most of which are in the eastern part of the Valley of the Kings. The tombs here are those of pharaohs; Amenhotep III, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamun, Ramesses IV, Ramses the Great and Tuthmosis III. All these ancient tombs make this valley one of the most visited tourist attractions in Egypt.
07. Sinai Peninsula
Sinai is the oldest gateway between Asia and Africa and it has been a battleground since time immemorial. Sinai of the old days was the witness to God’s revelation to Moses, the Exodus wanderings and the Holy family’s flight. Sinai is indeed one place to visit if ever you are in Egypt for the very simple reason that it has one of the most significant roles in the history of Christianity as the route traveled to by the Israelites in their objective to reach the Promise Land.
Additionally, this place is also prominent for Islamic culture as the route used when Islam came to North Africa. Aside from its historical significance, Sinai is just a great place to visit because of its beauty and serenity. All these attributes make Sinai one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Egypt.
06. Nile Valley
The Nile Valley played a very important part in the history of Ancient Egypt as its river sustained a magnificent civilization. The River Nile gave its life-giving waters to nourish the people and to fertilize the arid land. Centuries and kingdoms had passed and the Nile Valley and its famous river remain in existence, simple because history in this place never really died. So, in no way, you can leave out Nile Valley from one of the top tourist attractions in Egypt.
05. Islamic Cairo
This part of Cairo is famous for its historically prominent mosques and Islamic monuments. Islamic Cairo is also known to many as Fatinid Cairo and Medieval Cairo and it was founded in the year 969. Most of the Islamic structures to be found in Islamic Cairo were built by Fatimid caliphs. If you want an exploring adventure away from the tombs and the archeological sites, a day trip to Islamic Cairo is the answer. So, this is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Egypt for someone who wants to experience the modern Egypt.
04. Karnak Temple
What makes Karnak Temple one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Egypt? It just so happens to be the world’s largest religious structure ever constructed. And as Ancient Egyptians were well known for their construction ingenuity, you can be assured that whatever is waiting for you here will amaze you to no end. The Karnak Temple was built for the Theban Triad (Khonsu, Mut and Amun). The place may seem derelict but its magnificence and important can still make any other tourist attractions in the world pale in comparison.
03. The White Desert
There is doubt that White Desert is understandably the most celebrated desert destination of Egypt. The number of unearthly and stunning rock formations (wind-carved and shaped in the form of massive pebbles or mushrooms or pebbles) has no equal anywhere else in the world. As the name says, this wonderful desert offers infinite whiteness and it is one of top tourist attractions in Egypt.
02. Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is another Egyptian archaeological site that has been regularly included in the list for the top 10 tourist attractions in Egypt, and for good reasons. This place is home to a series of magnificent Ancient monuments, particularly several rock temples. Abu Simbel’s most prominent sites are the Temples of Ramesses II – two of them. It was in 1813 when the site was found again.
1. Pyramid of Giza
Giza (also known as Al Giza) happens to be one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Egypt simply because it is the home of the world’ largest pyramid – add the fact that this place is also home to several popular landmarks of the Ancient Egypt. The largest pyramid (also the oldest) was built for Khufu, the Fourth Dynasty’s second King. This pyramid is known today as The Great Pyramid and it measure 145 meters and it used to be the world’s tallest structures and once was among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Author: Tajirul Haque
Tajirul Haque is a travel enthusiast and freelance travel writer on Upwork. Having written hundreds of travel articles on so many travel destinations around the world for his clients, Tajirul started Top Travel Lists back in September 2014. Travel writing is his passion and he always loves to write about a new destination as it allows him to know about more beautiful places the planet has to offer. He is always available for freelance travel writing opportunities.