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A tour of architecture in Ancient Egypt

Talking about the architecture of Ancient Egypt, without a doubt, takes us back to the times of the pharaohs. It was a time of pyramids, great temples and hieroglyphics. A mix of history, legends and mystery capable of bewitching any traveler.

The best of Ancient Egypt

You don’t need to know much about Egyptian history or art concepts to be captivated by these unique monuments. It is enough to contemplate places like these to feel amazed.

The pyramids, icons of Ancient Egypt

in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, are the quintessential monuments of Ancient Egypt. We are talking about the powerful pyramids of the pharaohs Cheops, Khafre and Micerinos.

They are grandiose stone monuments of which we know that they were colossal tombs, but of which we also ignore many things. For starters, how were they built? This is one of the greatest puzzles in the history of mankind.

In short, they are monuments that have captivated everyone who has observed them since time immemorial. The pyramids of Giza are, without a doubt, the image of Ancient Egypt and also of the current.

Abu Simbel

If Cairo and the pyramids are in the north of the country, the temple of Abu Simbel is in the south. To get there, you have to go up the Nile River on a river cruise or by plane. In any case, this is one of the most beautiful temples of Ancient Egypt.

Interestingly, it is not in the same place where Ramses II ordered it to be built. Its original location was inundated by the waters when the Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser were built. Therefore, it was dismantled and transported stone by stone to its current location.

Kom Ombo Temple

The Nile River is the true link of Ancient Egypt. It is the artery that watered the entire pharaonic empire with wealth and whose shores the most incredible temples of that civilization were built.

And among those temples, Kom Ombo must be mentioned, for many the most beautiful, given its location on the banks of the river. It is not the most famous temple in Egypt, but everyone who knows him is amazed by his charm.

Luxor Temple, the splendor of Ancient Egypt

Today, the capital of the country is Cairo, but during the reign of the pharaohs in Ancient Egypt it was Thebes. That is where this temple was built, the result of two phases of construction. The first was around 1400 BC. C., with the government of Amentohep III. The second was carried out in the time of Ramses II, around 1000 BC. c.

The temple is magnificent, it is an immense construction of more than 250 meters in length in which colossal sculptures, obelisks and ritual patios follow one another.

karnak temple

Karnak is very close to the former Luxor temple. In fact, from here starts the impressive avenue of the Sphinxes, which would join both constructions. Everything here has outstanding dimensions and the sacred tone typical of the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. If someone is looking to feel all the awesome power of the pharaohs, this is the right place.

Temple of Deir el-Bahri

It is also known as Temple of Hatshepsut. This was the name of a powerful pharaoh who had the enormous audacity to build this funerary complex in the Valley of the Kings.

Her descendants did not take it too well and, therefore, they erased much of the inscriptions that remembered her. However, the construction is imposing and appears in historical chronicles as ‘the wonder of wonders’.

edfu temple

We finish the proposals to get to know the best of the architecture of Ancient Egypt in the temple of Edfu, more ‘modern’ than all the previous ones, since it was built between 237 and 57 BC. c. A period in which the country was already highly influenced by Greek rule and, later, by Roman rule, which meant the end of the splendor of the pharaohs.

Nevertheless, There was still a magical episode in Egyptian history starring its last great queen: Cleopatra, who governed all his possessions from Alexandria. But that is another story that we may talk about another time.

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