Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Egypt

Stimulating the imagination and amusement of the tourists are the historic treasures, dazzling beaches and the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt.

The transcontinental country of Egypt offers vast terrains of desert, serene beaches, pyramids and lot more to explore in the best cities in Egypt like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, etc. Blessed with the gorgeous Nile River and some fine scuba diving experiences, Egypt is also noted as a top-attraction for tourists.

The country is home to the ancient Pharaohs, incredible Islamic architecture and elaborate temples.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Egypt

By Ricardo Liberato (All Gizah Pyramids) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s some interesting information about the top five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt.

Abu Mena

Abu Mena is a heritage site and a Christian pilgrimage center built for commemorating the death of martyr Menas. This site has remains of an ancient Christian holy site with the church, monasteries, baptistery, public buildings, basilicas, etc. Menas was a soldier from Alexandria and received fame for publicly announcing Christianity. His corpse was carried by a camel who stopped at a site where his remains were buried. The holy town was built over his burial grounds which was discovered post-excavation activities at this oldest Christian site in Egypt.

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Located in the Governorate of Qina, Thebes was once known as the god Amon’s city. The city was the capital of ancient Egypt during the time of the middle ages. Thebes is the purest example of ancient Egypt civilization. Owing to its deep cultural heritage and significant ancient Egyptian civilization, the site was inscribed to the UNESCO list in 1979. It is home to some of the famous temples such as Luxor and Karnak Temples. It also houses Theban Necropolis which comprises of the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings.

Historic Cairo

Also known as Islamic Cairo, it is one of the most popular and oldest Islamic cities all over the world. This cultural and religious site dates back to 10th century and reached its peak of development in the 14th century. Here you will find dozens of beautiful, ancient mosques, madrasas, hammams and fountains. It is a must-visit destination for worshipers and tourists alike. Historic Cairo became a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Memphis and the Necropolis

Designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt in 1979, these pyramids speak for themselves. Nobody who has ever heard of Egypt hasn’t heard of its famous Pyramids, which stretch wide from Giza to Dahshur. These stunning structures still baffle experts on how they were constructed during ancient times without much of technology. Owing to this, these pyramids are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Giza is considered as the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt and houses many magnificent monuments, rock tombs, temples and pyramids. Make sure you plan a visit to Giza to marvel these magnificent structures.

Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

Another popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt is Nubian Monuments. Visitors flock here in large numbers to witness the culture and history of the country. It houses some of the most popular and mysterious ancient temples including the Abu Simbel Temples, the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae and more. UNESCO declared this archaeological site as World Heritage in 1979. These sites were once under the constant threat of rising waters from River Nile, but UNESCO made an effort to rescue this site and preserve its rich heritage.

The above list showcases few of the top World Heritage Sites in Egypt that you must visit when you travel to the country. Browse through our other blogs, to know more such interesting UNESCO World Heritage sites in other countries.

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, From My Aisle Seat was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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