Egypt is nation with a rich and detailed history dating to ancient times. Egypt was an organized kingdom as far back as 4,000 BC, and there are many ancient sites and monuments that stand as a testament to Egypt's past. While many people know about the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, there are many other ancient monuments for tourists to see in Egypt.
The Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is a valley on the west bank of the Thebes River and one that is considered an archaeological jackpot. This valley is home to more than 60 tombs of pharaohs who were buried there over a 500-year period, including the famous tomb of "King Tut." Less than a third of these tombs are open to the public, and most of those aren't open at the same time, but visitors can see the valley and visit tombs that are open.
The Memphite Necropolis is approximately eight miles north of Giza and is the site of multiple pyramids. The Bent Pyramid of Snofru is one of the pyramids there, and it is believed to possibly be the first Egyptian attempt at a true pyramid as opposed to a step pyramid. The "Red Pyramid" is also in the Memphite Necropolis, and although it is unfinished, it is named for its bright red color.
Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa
The Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa are in Alexandria. These tombs were tunneled into stone by an Egyptian family who practiced "the old religion." They are considered the last major construction dedicated to the old Egyptian religion. The rock carvings and funeral motifs are all Egyptian, but much of the architecture is based on Greek and Roman influences, leading to a distinctive mix of integrated art styles that isn't seen anywhere else in the world.
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