Tag Archives: Egypt

V is for Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings lies in a deep ravine surrounded by high cliffs and dominated by a natural pyramid-shaped peak. The Kings were buried with their wealth in the belief that they could take it with them into the … Continue reading

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U is for Unfinished Obelisk

Amongst the hills south of Aswan there is a quarry which once provided the Egyptians with red granite for their temples, and within the quarry lies an unfinished obelisk. Three sides of the obelisk had been completed before a flaw … Continue reading

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Q is for Queen Hatshepsut

Queen Hatshepsut is one of the very few women to have ruled in Ancient Egypt.  After the death of her father Tuthmosis I, she married her half brother Tuthmosis II to secure power.  He died young, and his successor Tuthmosis … Continue reading

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P is for Pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World.  A panoramic plateau allows for a stunning view of the three largest Pyramids. The oldest and largest of the three is called the Great Pyramid of Cheops … Continue reading

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O is for Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo is an unusual temple in that it is dedicated to not one, but two triads.  It is a symmetrical temple split into two halves, with the left hand side being dedicated to Horus the Elder, and the right … Continue reading

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L is for Luxor

Luxor Temple was built by Amenhotep III (1390-1352BC), dedicated to the same triad as its sister temple, Karnak, and contains within it 3 chapels, one dedicated to each God.  There were once two needles flanking the entrance.  The right hand … Continue reading

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K is for Karnak

Karnak Temple is dedicated to the God Amun, the Goddess Mut, and their son Khonsu.  It is the sister to Luxor Temple, also dedicated to the same triad, and the two were once connected by an avenue of sphinxes.  Once … Continue reading

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