Travel Egypt – Frequently Asked Questions
1. How did Egypt get it’s name?
The name ‘Egypt’ comes from the Greek Aegyptos which was the Greek pronunciation of the Egyptian name ‘Hwt-Ka-Ptah’ (which means “House of the Spirit of Ptah”, who was a very early God of the Ancient Egyptians).
2. What is Egypt is known for?
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering Cairo, Egypt.
3. What was the original name of Egypt?
To the Egyptians themselves, their country was simply known as Kemet which means ‘Black Land’ so named for the rich, dark soil along the Nile River where the first settlements began. Later, the country was known as Misr which means ‘country’, a name still in use by Egyptians for their nation in the present day.
4. What is the most famous pyramid in ancient Egypt?
The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
5. What religion does Egypt believe in?
Most people who live in Cairo are Muslim. There are also many Christians in Egypt, making up perhaps around 10 per cent of the population. The majority of Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, which was the dominant religion in Egypt before Islam.
6. Who lives in Egypt?
Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and the second-most populous on the African Continent. Nearly all of the country’s 80 million people live in Cairo and Alexandria; elsewhere on the banks of the Nile River; in the Nile delta, which fans out north of Cairo; and along the Suez Canal.
7. What is the largest pyramid in the world?
The three pyramids of Giza are the most famous. They were built in the 26th century B.C. The largest pyramid of Giza is called the Great Pyramid of Khufu. It is also the largest and grandest pyramid ever built.
8. How do the Egyptians live?
The Egyptians lived in houses made of bricks. The bricks were made of mud and chopped straw. They mixed the mud and straw and then poured the mixture into molds. The molds were placed in the sun to bake into hard bricks.
9. Who built the first pyramids in ancient Egypt?
Constructed at Saqqara about 4,700 years ago, the Step Pyramid of Djoser was the first pyramid the Egyptians built. Djoser, sometimes spelled Zoser (though he was actually called Netjerykhet), was a king of Egypt’s third dynasty.
10. How did people live in ancient Egypt?
Daily life in ancient Egypt revolved around the Nile and the fertile land along its banks. … Most ancient Egyptians worked as field hands, farmers, craftsmen and scribes. A small group of people were nobles. Together, these different groups of people made up the population of ancient Egypt.
Travel Egypt – Climate
Egypt is largely a desert, an extension of the great Sahara that bands North Africa. Save for the thin strip of watered land along the Nile River broadening into the Nile delta, very little could survive here. As the ancient Greek historian Herodotus stated: “Egypt is the gift of the Nile”.
Generally, the summers are hot and dry and the winters, moderate. November through March are definitely the most comfortable months for travel in Egypt. There is almost no rain in the Nile valley, so you won’t need wet weather gear!
Travel Egypt – Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most important month in the Islamic Calendar for Muslims, the majority religion in Egypt. Commemorating the time when God revealed the Qur’an to Mohammed, during this holy month, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking or smoking until after sundown on each day. Although strict adherence to Ramadan is for Muslims only, some Muslims appreciate that non-Muslims do not take meals or smoke in public places. During Ramadan, many restaurants and cafés won’t open until after sundown. Public transport is less frequent, shops close earlier before sunset and the pace of life (especially business) is generally slow.
Travel Egypt – Sights
in and near Cairo:
the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
the Egyptian Museum
the pyramids and temples of Saqqara and Dahshur and the collapsed Pyramid of Meidum
Citadel of Salah El Din
Mosque of Mohamed Ali
A line of mountains and calm beautiful beaches for miles and a range of hotels to satisfy various budgets 90 min drive from Cairo for a relaxing experience with a group of friends or couples to stay there is a must.
in and near Luxor:
the temples of Luxor and the West Bank across the Nile
the Valley of the Kings
the Temples of Abu Simbel
In Aswan, you can see even more temples and ancient monuments. You can also see Geziret El Nabatat (The Island of Plants). This is an island in the Nile River of Aswan which was planted by rare species of plants, trees, and flowers.
Perhaps the most popular activity in Luxor and Aswan is to do the Nile Cruise on a ship from Aswan to Luxor. It enables you to stop at each location along the Nile where you can see all the famous ancient monuments as well as experience being in the Nile River inside a five-star hotel boat.
Sharm El Sheikh:
In Sharm El Sheikh, you can make different types of excursions as diving, snorkelling and safari. You can also go from Sharm El Sheikh to visit Ras Mohammed, Cairo, Luxor and St. Catherine Monastery.
The sights of the Sinai peninsula, including Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.
The western desert and the oases there, including Siwa,
Memphis, with some relics of ancient Egypt – including a huge statue of Ramesses II, evoking the image which inspired Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias
Get more info about Egypt at http://wikitravel.org/en/Egypt
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