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Egyptian Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 19 Egyptian sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

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  • Abu Simbel
    Abu Simbel, Egypt
    Abu Simbel is an archaeological site in southern Egypt with two massive rock temples: the Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Nefertari.
  • Abydos
    Upper Egypt, Egypt
    For the Egyptians, Abydos was one of the holiest sites in the world. It was the cult center of the god Osiris and the gateway to the underworld, and therefore a popular place of pilgrimage and burial.
  • Bent Pyramid
    Dahshur, Egypt
    Built by Pharaoh Sneferu, the Bent Pyramid was the first true pyramid, as opposed to a step pyramid. Its unusual angle probably results from a necessary last-minute adjustment to the angle.
  • Red Pyramid
    Dahshur, Egypt
    The Red or North Pyramid in Dahshur is the third largest pyramid in Egypt. It belonged to the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Sneferu, father of Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Dendera
    Upper Egypt, Egypt
    Dendera was an ancient healing center dedicated to Hathor, wife of Horus. Built in Roman times, its temple decorations depict Roman emperors alongside Egyptian gods.
  • Edfu Temple
    Edfu, Egypt
    Dating from the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the best-preserved and the second-largest temple in Egypt. It is a popular stop located about halfway between Luxor and Aswan.
  • Giza Pyramids
    Giza, Egypt
    Constructed at least 4,500 years ago and shrouded in fascinating mystery, the pyramids of Giza are the only Ancient Wonder of the World to survive today.
  • Great Sphinx of Giza
    Giza, Egypt
    Shrouded in mystery and having alleged connections to Atlantis, this great sculpture continues to fascinate visitors. It is thought to be an ancient guardian of Khafre's pyramid.
  • Kom Ombo
    Kom Ombo, Egypt
    The Temple of Sobek (the crocodile god) and Haroeris (a form of Horus) in Kom Ombo dates from about 180 BC during the Ptolemaic era, with additions made into Roman times.
  • Karnak Temple
    Luxor, Egypt
    Dedicated primarily to Pharaoh Amun, this vast temple complex in Luxor was begun around 1600 BC. It is an impressive sight and second only to the Great Pyramids of Giza in popularity.
  • Luxor Temple
    Luxor, Egypt
    Near Karnak and also dedicated to Amun is the huge Luxor Temple, dating from the 1300s BC. It is full of monumental statues, tall walls and ancient carvings, and is beautifully lit at night.
  • Medinet Habu
    Luxor, Egypt
    Erected around 1180 BC, this is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, a huge complex second only to Karnak in size and better preserved. It has a huge pylon and many reliefs, plus an older temple by Hatshepsut.
  • Ramesseum
    Luxor, Egypt
    This is the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled for 67 years during the 13th century BC, the apogee of Ancient Egypt's power and glory.
  • Temple of Hatshepsut
    Luxor, Egypt
    This three-tiered mortuary temple is dedicated to Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who reigned 1503-1482 BC. Built against a cliff face, the great complex contains ancient statues and carvings.
  • Valley of the Kings
    Luxor, Egypt
    This famed valley on the West Bank of the Nile was the burial place for pharaohs and nobles from 1539 BC to 1075 BC. It contains some 60 tombs, including the famous King Tut's Tomb.
  • Templo de Debod
    Madrid, Spain
    Beautifully situated on a reflecting pool near the Plaza de España, this Egyptian temple dates from the 4th century BC and was brought to Madrid in 1971.
  • Philae
    Philae Island, Egypt
    Philae Island is home to the great Temple of Isis, a major place of pilgrimage in the ancient world and one of the last sanctuaries to be converted to Christianity.
  • Mastaba of Mereruka
    Saqqara, Egypt
    Built for a pharaoh's vizier c.2200 BC, the Mastaba (flat-topped tomb) of Mereruka has 32 rooms and featured detailed decoration inside.
  • Step Pyramid of Djoser
    Saqqara, Egypt
    The Step Pyramid at Djoser was the first of the Egyptian pyramids to be built. Its architect, Imhotep, was later deified and identified with the Greek god of healing, Asclepius.