Egypt 2006

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

The images in this album were taken on a trip to Egypt in March 2006. To be more precise, I first spent a couple of days in and around Cairo and then went onto a Nile Cruise to visit some of the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt, including as a grand finale the temples […]

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Cairo – Images from the city

This entry is part 2 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

Cairo. the capital of Egypt – a city with an estimated population of over 15 million people, at least so I was told in Egypt, other sources speak of even larger numbers. In any case Cairo is the largest city in Africa and one cannot explore it in a couple of days, not even in […]

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Cairo – The citadel

This entry is part 3 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

The Saladin Citadel of Cairo – sometimes referred to as Mohamed Ali Citadel – is located on a part of the Mokattam (Muqattam) hill close to the center of Cairo. The first fortifications were erected under Salah al-Din, also known as Saladin, between 1176 and 1183 AD as a fortress against the Crusaders. Since then […]

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Giza pyramids and the Great Sphinx

This entry is part 4 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

To the west of Cairo – about 20 km from the center – you will find the Giza plateau, famous for its three great pyramids and the Sphinx. Giza (also Gizeh or Ghizeh in English) is a town on the west bank of the Nile river and nowadays incorporated into the greater Cairo metropolitan area. […]

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Memphis and Saqqara

This entry is part 5 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

Memphis was the first capital of ancient Egypt and its remains lie about 20 km south of Cairo. It was founded aound 3100 BC by Menes, who unified the two separate Kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt. Today, the main attraction of Memphis is its necropolis at Saqqara with several pyramids of the early times, […]

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Ancient Thebes – west bank of the Nile

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Egypt 2006

Thebes, Niut or Niwt-imn (The City of Amun) were all names of the ancient city at the site of today’s Egyptian city of Luxor. At the time of the 11th dynasty, around 2100 BC, the city at the Nile river became the capital of ancient Egypt, resulting in great places of worship, tombs and mortuary […]

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