5 of the top historical sites in Egypt

September 18, 2012 by  

Egypt was the country in which one of the greatest civilisations in recorded history sprung up. It has also been affected by the ravages of war and various developments in trade. Travellers can gain their own insight into the history of this fascinating place by visiting the sites highlighted in this article.

Abu Simbel

The magnificent temples of Abu Simbel were constructed way back in the 13th century BC, as a symbol of the power of Rammses II.  They feature awe inspiring statues and amazing wall paintings, which tell tales of times past.

Abu Simbel in Egypt Photo: WaterpoloSam on Flickr

Abu Simbel in Egypt

Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities

It is well worth taking a tour of this intriguing museum under the guidance of one of the knowledgeable local guides. They can recount stories about the artefacts and let you in on the meanings of the hieroglyphic engravings. Exhibits worthy of particular mention include the funery mask of Tutankhamen and fabulously adorned statues in the Giza room.

Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo Photo: DJMcCrady on Flickr

Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo

Pyramids Of Giza

As one of the wonders of the world, this historic site is visited by many thousands of tourists each day. Some are impressed by the grand Sphinx that guards the entrance to the pyramids. Others are intrigued by stories of how the immense structures were created.

The Sphinx and Great Pyramd of Giza Photo by Sam and Ian on Flickr

The Sphinx and Great Pyramd of Giza in Egypt


It would take an entire day to explore the temples and learn about the colourful carvings found on the walls of this impressive site. Fortunately there are a number of companies operating in the nearby city of Luxor who can arrange informative tours of the grounds.

Great Osiris Temple at Abydos Photo by Argenberg on Flickr

Great Osiris Temple at Abydos

El Alamein Battlefield

One of the biggest and perhaps most important battles between the Allied and Axis forces took place at this site during the second world war. It was the allies who eventually won and managed to retain control of the Alexandria and Suez canals. Today it is visited by tourists from across the world, many of whom are impressed by the vast range of war exhibits.

Museum at El Alamein Photo by Heatheronhertravels.com

Museum at El Alamein

More things to see in Egypt

Travelling in Egypt – Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, Siwa – Podcast 
6 Misconceptions I had about Alexandria in Egypt
More than the Pyramids – a Grand Tour of Egypt’s Museums

Photo Credits: Abu Simbel by WaterpoloSam, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities by DJMcCrady , Great Osiris Temple at Abydos by Argenberg, Museum at El Alamein by Heatheronhertravels, The Sphinx and Great Pyramid at Giza by Sam and Ian

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19 Comments on "5 of the top historical sites in Egypt"

  1. London Blogger on Sat, 22nd Sep 2012 5:11 pm 

    I’ve been to pyramids of Giza which stills makes me amazed. I wonder how back then Egyptians built this amazing work turning to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
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  2. Heather on Wed, 26th Sep 2012 8:39 pm 

    @London Blogger I think it’s a great time to visit Egypt as there are hardly any tourists there at the moment

  3. Melissa Davis on Fri, 28th Sep 2012 7:25 am 

    Hi Heather,
    Great pictures! I never been to Egypt.. My travel are more in the Asian countries. But this time I really want to go there. It seems like it would be an awesome trip for me.

  4. Mike on Fri, 28th Sep 2012 12:31 pm 

    These photos make want to go to Egypt. I’ve been dreaming to see those pyramids personally! Is tourist allowed to enter a pyramid?
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  5. Eva on Fri, 28th Sep 2012 1:43 pm 

    The one think I don’t like in Egypt is shoping, that is really problem there. They offer you something for low price and when you want to pay they increase the price :))))) So funny :))))

  6. Daniel McBane - Funny Travel Stories on Sat, 29th Sep 2012 10:30 am 

    I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt, although I have to admit, I’m more fascinated with the Nile than with the historical sites–not that they wouldn’t interest me as well. And now that I’m in Europe, it seems like the perfect opportunity to go, especially considering the much lower tourist numbers.
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  7. Heather on Sat, 29th Sep 2012 11:00 am 

    @Daniel I agree that it’s a great time to go- tourism numbers are right down so you can see all the top sites without the crowds

  8. Heather on Sat, 29th Sep 2012 11:02 am 

    @Eva there’s something about the European in me that hates to haggle- must admit I haven’t come across that trick of increasing the price

  9. Heather on Sat, 29th Sep 2012 11:03 am 

    @Mike to be honest I’m not sure if you can get inside the pyramids

  10. Addison S. @ Visa Hunter on Tue, 2nd Oct 2012 7:02 pm 

    Nice article Heather, especially the picture of the Sphinx without a tourist in sight. Have you traveled to any of Egypt’s neighboring countries? I am wondering how the border crossing situation would be. Safe travels.

  11. Heather on Tue, 2nd Oct 2012 9:14 pm 

    @Addison I only went to Siwa in Western Egypt but didn’t cross any borders although we were very close to the Libyan border and I felt perfectly safe

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  13. Rig on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 10:31 pm 

    Looking at these pictures it is easy to believe that Egypt is the home of ancient civilisation.

  14. Katie on Sat, 8th Dec 2012 4:53 am 

    I’ve never been to Egypt. Thanks for sharing the great photos and information!

  15. Heather Cowper on Sat, 8th Dec 2012 5:10 pm 

    @Katie, my pleasure – I was sad to hear that there has been unrest in Cairo recently but I think that it’s still a top sunshine and culture destination as long as you take local advice on the political situation at the time

  16. Morocco Festivals on Sat, 22nd Dec 2012 12:35 pm 

    Nice pictures!. Egypt is a nice place to visit, although i never been there, But I will pay a visit once the political climate gets stable there.

  17. Heather Cowper on Sat, 22nd Dec 2012 6:52 pm 

    @Morocco Festivals – I found thearea of Alexandria and Siwa was most welcoming when we were there. I think it’s important to take local advice on the political situation if you can.

  18. Susane on Thu, 7th May 2015 12:40 pm 

    Very nice and attractive pictures… truly express the efforts behind them

  19. shahid on Thu, 15th Oct 2015 6:42 am 

    egypt is one the best place for weekend. I am planning to come egypt for my honeymoon in next


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