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1. 800 years of pyramids

2. Ancient temples

3. Ancient tombs

4. Just relaxing

5. Diving and snorkelling

6. The great river

7. Desert and oases

8. Christianity

9. Islamic sights

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Where the history of the world begins

Introduction to the pyramids of Egypt

Introduction to the temples of Egypt

Introduction to the grand tombs of Egypt

Introduction to the beach resorts of Egypt

Introduction to diving and snorkelling in Egypt

Introduction to the great river Nile

Introduction to the deserts and oases of Egypt

Introduction to Christianity in Egypt

Introduction to Islam in Egypt

Egypt may possibly be the one country in the world that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Two of the reasons are obvious: First, the pyramids, more precisely the pyramids at Giza, is the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Second, the Nile, where one of the first and most crucial civilizations had its birth 6000 years ago.
Although the pyramids are visually the most impressive, the tombs and temples further south are almost as famous. The temples didn't rise to the heights of the pyramids, but were gigantic and containing the decorations that are so scarce in the pyramids. Decorations in colour are, however, best represented in the tombs, protected from sun and air for millenniums until opened first in modern times.
Right up from the escarpment of the Nile, the desert begins. Egypt's desert is dominated by sand dunes, and interrupted only by mountains. The eastern mountains are among the oldest anywhere in world; rising threatening like the backdrop of the The Lord of the Rings films, crude and beautiful. In the west, the sand dunes continues until the astonishing White Desert and the bizarre Black Desert. Out here, also, are some of the finest oases you could imagine.
Of more recent history, Egypt appears to be the birthplace of Christian monasticism. Plenty of monasteries are still in full operation, and visitors are heartily welcome.
Despite the more than 1300 years that have passed since the Muslim occupation, very little of Muslim culture is found across Egypt. Egypt is, together with Iraq, among the best examples of the destructive force that Islam represents; since Islam became the dominant religion, Egypt went from one of the leading centres in the world to poverty and stagnation.

By Tore Kjeilen