Nile - The Lifeline of Egypt
If you look at the map of Egypt, you will see that a green vein winds through the country. This green strip is fed by the Nile - the lifeline of Egypt. Besides the fascinating landscape, you can also admire numerous cultural sites. Learn more about the most important sights along the Nile.
Valley of the Kings
On the west bank of Luxor lie the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the monumental Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. To this date, 64 tombs have been found in the Valley of the Kings -including that of King Tutankhamun which was discovered in 1922 by the Briton Howard Carter. What was fascinating about the find was that the tomb was largely unharmed by grave robbers and looters. Hence, it still contained many of its original treasures, such as the well-known death mask made from pure gold.
Aswan offers further cultural highlights as well as a visit to the Aswan Dam, which was built from 1960-1970. The resulting reservoir (Lake Nasser) is 550 km long and extends into Sudan. Many tourists also marvel at the unfinished obelisk, which was commissioned by Hatshepsut. Unfortunately, this monolith has cracked during the construction work and thus became unusable - for an obelisk must consist of one piece.
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