Egypt and Jordan / Egypt
Egypt
Sphinx Giza Egypt
Egypt and Jordan / Egypt
Egypt
Pyramids
Egypt and Jordan / Egypt
Egypt
Luxor
Egypt and Jordan / Egypt
Egypt
Pyramids
Egypt and Jordan / Egypt
Egypt
Great Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel

Egypt

Egypt is an extraordinary land. It is famous around the globe for the great Pyramids and the Sphinx, but Egypt has created many, many other wonders to share with the world. Egypt is the birthplace of written language. In Egypt agriculture developed and the world's first nation-state was born. Thirty royal dynasties ruled Egypt over a three thousand year period, creating glorious cities filled with then-unrivalled art and architecture so magnificent that when the Greek Herodotus showed up in Egypt in the fifth century BC, he wrote, "Nowhere are there so many marvelous things, nor in the whole world beside are there to be seen so many things of unspeakable greatness."

The Greeks ushered in a new age in Egypt's history, a time when a succession of invaders would bring new influences to the land. The Greeks were followed by the Romans, the Mongols, the Arabs, the French and finally the British before Egypt asserted its independence in 1922. Today the country is the bedrock of the Middle East and North Africa. It is a land filled with the splendor and stateliness of thousands of years of history and the dynamism and daring that just birthed the Arab Spring. It is home to the wide and powerful Nile River and the tropic shores of the Red Sea, to deserts and oases. It is a land of literature, of music, of food; a place where belly dancers shimmy to the beat of the doumbek drum and people gather in small cafes to drink strong coffee and discuss life's great questions. Throughout this epic land of spectacle and lore, there is much to discover.

 

 

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