The seven wonders of Egypt
09 May 2014 7 AM
Egypt is a vast country with many links to the ancient world. Although its main sights may not be close together, choose your base wisely and you’ll be able to stay in a location that’s within easy reach of Egypt’s most iconic destinations.
So let’s take a look at the seven wonders of Egypt – and it’s not just all about the Ancient Egyptians.
Valley of the Kings
Think of Egypt and you’ll inevitably think of the Ancient Egyptians. So while you’re staying at the Hilton Luxor, cross the Luxor Bridge and you’ll be just minutes away from one of Egypt’s most iconic ancient sites – the Valley of the Kings.
Home to 63 spectacular royal tombs from as early as 2160 BC, it’s set in a secluded site, surrounded by steep cliffs, to make it an easy place to defend. For a truly memorable experience, visit at night when the heat of the day has gone and the valley is lit up.
Founded in 1400 BC, this ancient temple creates a striking contrast between old and new at the heart of the modern town.
Built to celebrate the annual Opet Festival which saw the statues of Amun, Mut and Khonsu carried in a procession from Karnak to Luxor, it’s now open day and night to visitors. It looks particularly beautiful when lit up at night, which also makes the stone inscriptions easier to see and read.
Great Pyramid of Giza
The oldest and largest of the three pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Giza is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And without a doubt the greatest wonder of Egypt – remaining the tallest man-made structure in the world for a staggering 3,800 years or more.
Stay at the luxury Conrad Cairo and you can combine ancient Egypt with the rich, modern interiors of a Hilton hotel
– just 25 minutes away from the pyramids.
Great Sphinx of Giza
Another iconic feature of the ancient world is the Great Sphinx of Giza – a limestone statue of the mythical creature the sphinx, which has a lion’s body and a human head.
It’s the largest statue in the world built out of one single rock and is believed to have been carved around 2558 BC. Its nose was infamously destroyed in the 15th century by a man who was later hanged for vandalism.
St Katherine’s Monastery
Allegedly built beside the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses, St Katherine’s Monastery is located on the Senai Peninsula not far from St Catherine. The monastery and its surrounding area is now an official UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a fascinating story behind it.
It’s named after St Katherine, the martyr of Alexandria, who was tortured and beheaded for her faith. Legend has it that angels transported her body away from the torture device and took it to the slopes of Egypt’s highest mountain. What is thought to be a descendent of the original burning bush can also be seen at the monastery.
The Red Sea Reef
What many people forget when they come to Egypt in search of the wonders of the ancient world is that there are also wonders of the natural world here too. With more than 2,900km of coastline, you can’t leave Egypt without spending as much time as possible by the sea.
But if you haven’t got much time, head to the Red Sea Reef. Quite rightly a wonder of Egypt, this is one of the most beautiful places on earth to go diving. Visibility here is excellent and you’ll see some of the most exotic seascapes in the world. Combine your visit with a stay at the Sharm Al Sheikh Fayrouz Resort and you’ll be within easy reach of one of Egypt’s most stunning sights.
The River Nile
The Nile is the backbone of Egypt and most of the country’s major cities are built on its banks. From the Egypt-Sudan border to the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile runs the whole length of Egypt through Luxor and Cairo.
It’s the longest river in the world, flowing through 11 countries and serving as a water source for millions of people in Africa. Look at it on a map and you’ll be amazed by its sheer size but nothing compares to witnessing its power and beauty for yourself. At the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa you can truly let your mind escape
– located on the east bank of the river, this resorts lets you sit back, relax and enjoy glorious views of the lush river and historic Luxor city.So there you have the seven wonders of Egypt – if you have any to add, let us know!