While Egyptian Pyramids – the only surviving ones out of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are the top allures of Egypt among tourists from far and wide, there are a number of brilliant monuments that reflect stunning architectural capabilities of ancient people and drawing the attention of architecture lovers from all around. Take a look at a few of them and do not miss to discover their rich history and beauty while holidaying in Egypt:
Valley of the Kings
Also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, Valley of the Kings is situated on the West Bank of River Nile in the ancient city of Thebes. It is counted among the most opulent tombs built by ancient Egyptians to enable a better afterlife for their pharaohs. This place is also considered as the burial site of King Tutankhamun; and the combination of beautifully carved walls, finely crafted paintings and brilliantly planned architecture here ensures a wonderful time for visitors of all sorts.
Kom Ombo Temple
30 miles away from Aswan, the Kom Ombo temple is a true architectural delight drawing the attention of all sorts of travellers. Also known as the Double Temple and constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC, it is a unique double temple devoted to two gods – Horus, the falcon headed god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. Visitors will be amazed to discover two of everything here – two adjacent entrances to the same structure, two gods, two courts, two halls and a lot more other things.
Temple of Osiris
Close to many other ancient temples in Abydos, the Temple of Osiris is one of the biggest treasures after the pyramids in Egypt. The beauty of the ruins of the temple will take you back in time and make you envisage its architecture in all its glory. You can also explore a few other ancient temples in the vicinity such as the Portal Temple and the Funerary Complex.
Built during the reign of the Ramesses II by cutting into a solid rock cliff located near the first and second cataract of the River Nile, Abu Simbel temple is one major tourist attraction in Egypt. These are two massive rock temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC and were designed in such a way that every year the sunlight would fall into the inner sanctuary precisely on February 22 and October 22 and light up the three statues including one of the Pharaoh seated on a bench.