My Pictorial Journey through … Mystics of Egypt

Morning … 6.00 am … 11°C, light wind blowing; noticeable but not uncomfortable.

Standing along water’s edge at Abu Simbel rock temple … dedicated to Ra-Harakhty, Ptah and Amun Egypt’s then deities … featured four statues of Ramesses ll … built around 1200 B.C. … Nubian village … southern Egypt, bordering Sudan …watch sun rise over west bank of Lake Nasser …230 km southwest of Aswan … was unforgettable!

 

Dedicated to goddess Hathor … the smaller temple sits next to Abu Simbel … personified by Nefertari, Ramesses’ most beloved of his many wives.

In 1964; a multinational team of architects and engineers … under UNESCO banner … took over 4 years to cut average 20-ton large blocks … about 9 yearsre-assembly to re-locate this ancient temple …65 metres higher, 200 metres back from the Nile …when the Aswan Dam was built. Travel by road or fly to the specially constructed airfield for the temple complex;

 

 

Cruise along the Nile in luxury comfort or sail on the Nile in a Felucca … usual means of Nile transport for the Egyptians … or make time to do both … you will not be disappointed.

See ‘the Green Mile’ of Egypt … irrigated crops along the Nile … subsurface 1.5m deep drains … allowing greater agriculture control … diverted city flood waters … made best use of the Nile waters … delicate balance of Egypt’s crops beside the Sahara Desert.

Earliest reference of irrigation was found on mace head of …The Scorpion King … about 3100 B.C.

 

 

Visit the outskirts of Cairo … Giza Necropolis … Pyramids beside city skyline …4000 year-old ancient majesty … alongside the Sphinx … a mythical creature … lion’s body … human head … symbolises strength and wisdom …

Unexplained mysteries alongside modern city- scape.

 

 

Walk amongst the Pyramids … Sphinx … bath in ancient Egyptian history … experience the sense of euphoria and exotic grandeur of an ancient civilisation … a civilisation with amazing construction feats without modern aids and technology.

 

 

Check out the taxis of the Sahara … taking passengers for a ride along desert’s edge … beside the Great Pyramids, Sphinx in Giza, Cairo …an unforgettable experience …

 

Take a day trip to … ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ …

Alexandria port city … founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great … a seat of learning … largest, most prosperous city of ancient world …

Visit … 15th century seafront Fort Qaitbey Citadel …  now a museum in Alexandria …

 

See the Royal Library of Alexandria picture postcard modern serenity … with ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Started under Ptolemy I (305-285 BCE) … completed by Ptolemy II (285-246 BCE) … home to thousands of books, journals, manuscripts of Egyptian history … one of the largest, most significant libraries of ancient world …

It was once claimed that Mark Anthony once gave Cleopatra 200,000 books for the library …

Do you know … cumin, coriander and cinnamon were among the most well-known spices found in early days of Egypt? And these three spices; along with toasted nuts, salt and garlic was used to create the popular spice blend we know today as dukkah …

Visit Egypt … awe-inspiring experience for your senses!

 

 

 

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