Looking for some cool things to do in Egypt? Here's the 7-top picked unusual and cool sights you can visit in Egypt!
Egypt is one of the most incredible countries you can visit in the whole world, it holds so many options and ultimate diversity in the activities you can do that there. It’s rich with its history, landmarks, culture and much more. There are plenty of places you can visit like the pyramids, Luxor, Aswan, Saqqara, etc. But in this blog, we will recommend the top must-see unusual and interesting sights you can visit in Egypt to ensure having an unforgettable experience there.
The temple of Hathor in Dendera Temple, Qena, Egypt is one of the most well-preserved temples of ancient Egypt.
The temple is a marvelous wonder to explore, it influences the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Rulers. The main temple was built by Ptolemy XII and nearly completed by the Queen Cleopatra VII, around 54 to 20 BCE, there was also a Coptic church near the birth temple at one point.
The most magnificent thing about this temple is it’s vibrant and original colors, it’s amazing piece of art that awes most it’s visitors. It was also named after the Goddess Hathor, Egyptian goddess of the sky, the women, fertility and love. Her principal animal was that of a cow and she was associated with Motherhood, her culture center was Dendera, Upper Egypt which makes sense why her temple was built there!
2. Blue Hole, Dahab, Red Sea
The Blue hole is a diving location in Southern of Sinai, Dahab on the coast of Red Sea in Egypt. It’s super fun and adventurous experience that you should definitely try!
It was historically not inhabited by the Bedouin tribes in Sinai because of a legend that it was cursed by a ghost of a girl who drowned herself there to escape from a marriage, so people thought that if anyone dived there her ghost will pull him in the deep end of the Blue Hole and drown him.But later on, it was discovered that the Blue Hole is not dangerous than any diving center in the red sea, but diving through the Arch, a submerged tunnel might lead to many accidents because of the oxygen level and the water pressure.
3.Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two giant status of the King Amenhotep II, they stood in Theban necropolis, on the west bank of the River Nile, Luxor Egypt. The twin status is in seating position, hand resting on his knees and his gaze face eastwards. They depict the seated King on a throne associated with his wife and mother.
The status is made from blocks of quartzite sand stone which was quarried at Gabal El Ahmar (a place currently near Cairo) and it was transported 657 km to Luxor. It is believed that the stones were transported across the Nile because they were so heavy. This large complex was destroyed except of some remains as a result of earthquakes and floods in Egypt but even tho all of both phenomenas they are still standing strong from thousands of years.
So, you may be asking yourself who is Memnon??, Memnon was the hero of the Trojan war who led the army from Africa toward Asia to defend the constricted city. So, the status generally refers to the entire Theban necropolis as the “Menmonium” and they were acting as the guardians to the temple of Amenhotep II, it was meant to protect the temple from evil.
It was basically built in the pharaonic times and it’s a structure of measuring the Nile’s River clarity and water level during the annual flood season which had a great importance to the Egyptian Civilization. It’s designed as a vertical column submerged in the Nile’s water with marked internals in a very interesting way to indicate the water level.
5. Garbage City, Cairo
Manshiyat Nasr or “Garbage city” as it’s well known, is a city in Cairo basically Slums settlement with a population of 60,000 on the outskirts of El Moqattam Hills”.
The village notably is filled with garbage and its residents are called “Zabaylen” which means Garbage people/collectors in Arabic, they do the collecting garbage service all over the city. Men are responsible for collecting and women are responsible for separating the garbage into piles for recycling.Their efforts in recycling is remarkable, 90% of the garbage they collect is recycled at once and they play a very important rule in the life cycle of Cairo. Garbage city holds both Muslims and Christians and they both live in harmony.
6. Baron palace
The Baron palace one of the most famous and historical places in Egypt, the palace was neglected from the Egyptian government for so long but in the era of President Abd El- Fatah El Sisi it was preserved in 2020 and turned into a beautiful masterpiece, its original vibrant colors appeared again and its breath-taking architecture details as well.
The palace was named after it’s owner the Belgian millionaire “Baron Edouard louis Joseph Empain. He loved Egypt so much that he wrote in his will that he wants to be buried in Egypt whether if he died in it or not.It was designed so that all halls and rooms can see the sun from all directions. The Baron palace is definitely one of the most luxurious palaces in the whole world.
7. The lost City of Herocelin, Alexandria, Egypt
It was an ancient Egyptian city located near the Canopic Mouth of the Nile, about 32 km northeast Alexandria. It was discovered later that Herocelin was one of the cities that was well known by it’s both Egyptian and Greek names. It was mentioned in a myth that is was visited by Paris and Troy before the start of the Trojan war and the city was thought to be a legend until it was discovered. It’s well known for Thonis as well and included so many buried treasures under the sea from giant sculptures, slabs of stones with both ancient Egyptian and Greek inscriptions, dozens gold of coins, ships and bronze status!
A very interesting city to visit especially for adventure and thrill lovers.