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The Hyksos Invasion

Around 1720-1710 BCE, Egypt began to be invaded by a people "of obscure race",
who became known as the Hyk-Sos, "shepherd kings".
Some of the Hyksos may have been Hurrian or Hittite, but no firm evidence has been discovered to confirm their origins fully. They were by no means the first Asiatics to settle in Egypt, prompting some to suggest that there was no major battle, just a steady influx of settlers who worked themselves into positions of power while retaining their own cultural differences. Evidence from the excavation at Tell el-Dab'a, confirms that the settlement was constantly evolving and changing as the new cultures adapted to the Egyptian way of life. Settlements discovered in Tell el-Ajjul (southern Palestinian), Ebla (Syrian) and Byblos (Lebanon) share many characteristics with the settlement at Tell el Dab'a.
These Hyksos melted easily into Egyptian society at first; eventually they became very powerful,
and finally, in a coup, th…

Temple of Philae (Aswan), Egypt

The Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis in Upper Egypt is situated in one of the most idyllic settings in Egypt although this is more from necessity than by natural design. After the building of the first Aswan Dam, rising waters used to lap around the Temple, submerging it for half the year. During that time, tourists would still visit the Temple, catching sight of the shadows beneath the translucent water. Once work began on the new Aswan High Dam, it became apparent that the temple would be lost forever. UNESCO and the Egyptian authorities organised a huge operation to relocate the Temple to the nearby Aglika Island, which, similarly to Abu Simbel, was landscaped to match the original site. The new location is set amid volcanic outcrops, perched beautifully on the deep blue lake, however, it no longer faces Biga Island (sacred to Osiris), from where the Temples holiness derived.
Most people visit Philae on day tours from Aswan, either using taxis or minibus…

About Hurghada

Hurghada is a city located on the Red Sea coast in Red Sea Governorate of Egypt, with around 40 kilometers of coastline on the Red Sea. The resort city is the second largest city on the Red Sea coast in Egypt and one of the fastest evolving tourism spot in the country of Egypt. With its dramatic landscape, year-round dry and temperate climate and long stretches of natural beaches, tourism is the major industry in the city of Hurghada and in the recent times the city has seen plenty of luxury and deluxe hotels and resorts.
The town of Hurghada is mainly famous for its breathtaking natural beaches and wide variety of water sports activities that can be performed here from windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, andjetskis, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The coastal town is also a popular for its nightlife and also sometimes known as the party to…

"Bast or Bastet" one of Ancient Egypt Goddesses

Do you ever find yourself thinking about how you would rather be lounging around somewhere else, engaging in something luxurious? Bastet would always and forever encourage you to do so. She is the Egyptian cat Goddess of passion, pleasure,and the sun to name just a few. She loves to dance, and remembers to never take things too seriously. Who wouldn’t want her around? Especially if she can help you with love issues as well as self doubt obstacles. She has that special nocturnal cat vision, that allows her all seeing eyes to see through the darkness in physical circumstances and emotional ones, so we can become our true selves. Bast herself is one strong and loving personality, which attracted her many followers. She was worshiped around 3,000 B.C.E, and was known for her protectiveness of households and of women. Her worshipers of Ancient Egypt attended her shrine in Baubastis, that was made of pink granite and was considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in th…

Temple of Medinat Habu - Luxor Egypt

The great mortuary temple of Ramses III dominates the site at Medinat Habu.  Second in size only to Karnak, the main pylon and well-preserved wall carvings record military campaigns against the sea peoples and depict bound captives from Syria, Nubia, Palestine, and other border countries.  Vivid colors on columns and ceilings are quite well preserved.  A ceremonial palace complex is adjacent.  Tickets available at the West Bank kiosk.  Open daily from 6:00 am to 5 :00 pm.

Nile Cruise

Egyptraveluxe Nile_cruise make the trip between Luxor and Aswan Cities at the South of Egypt. There are 3 different Nile Cruise Programs.

The first program is 3 Nights / 4 Days Aswan - Luxor Program. In this Program you start the trip from Aswan City. You visit Aswan City then the Nile Cruise Sail to Luxor. On the Way the Nile Cruise Stops at Kom Ombo City to visit Kom Ombo Temple and at Edfu City to visit Edfu Temple. At the End thee Nile cruises Arrive to Luxor. In Luxor you visit the West Bank of Luxor. This is the Normal 3 Nights / 4 Days Nile Cruise program. However there are very few Nile Cruises that make this Program in reverse order. You Start from Luxor City and you End at Aswan.

The second program is the 4 Nights / 5 Days Luxor - Aswan Program. The Difference between this program and the 3 Nights program is that you visit the East Bank of Luxor City (Karnak & Luxor Temples) and you get an Extra Felucca Ride in Aswan. This Program …

Laurence and Henry's Big Adventure....through Egypt

Walking amongst the 5000 year old structures of the Giza Plateau is truly a humbling experience. This ancient burial ground of the great pharaohs of ancient Egypt have stood the test of time and truly the last remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The massive Great Pyramid stands almost 760 feet tall and was the tallest structure in the world until the 19 century. This monument to the Pharaoh Korfu is estimated to contain over two million blocks weighing an average of 2.5 tonnes is an engineering masterpiece. Next to this pyramid is the pyramid of Khafre son of Khofu, slightly smaller but still has some of the polished limestone at the apex of the pyramid. Flanked by a smaller one for the grandson of Khofu, Menkaure. We were fortunate enough to be able to enter the Pyramid of Khafre and climb through a narrow shaft to the burial chamber in the center of this solid stone structure. The entire Giza Plateau area is covered with smaller monuments and tombs dedicate…