Sufi dervishes whirl to live music Wednesday nights in an arched room at the mausoleum of Al-Ghuri in the historic Islamic district. The 7 pm show is free, but...more
The tombs of the pharoahs' queens, daughters and princes were dug into the rock of a small but beautiful valley west of Deir Al Medina. The most famous, that of...more
Off the package-tour trail, this small necropolis deserves a visit if only to interact with the local watchmen who use broken mirrors to direct the sun's rays...more
These tombs tucked into the canyons of the west bank open at 6 am, which is a fine time to arrive, as the crowds and the oppressive heat (even in winter) only...more
Far larger than Luxor Temple, this vast complex of stone sanctuaries, obelisks, sphinxes, and hefty pharaonic statues took more than 1,300 years to build,...more
Featured on every guided tour, this huge temple—three terraces of colonnades climbing steplike up the base of a towering cliff—was heavily restored...more
Sakkara was the main necropolis for Memphis, the capital of a united Upper and Lower Egypt. A 15-minute drive south from the Giza Plateau, past villages and...more
Most tourists tend to leave the Ramesseum—built by Ramses II as his mortuary temple near the shores of the west bank—until last, and often they have...more
There are actually more than 100 pyramids scattered along the west bank of the Nile across from Cairo—ancient Egyptian burials were always made on the...more
Sadly, the tenth-century palaces of the Fatimids (Shiites from Tunisia who gave Cairo its name, Al-Qahira, meaning "the victorious") no longer exist. However,...more
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