Egypt: Famous Ancient Monuments Other Than the Pyramids

Egyptian Pyramids are the only surviving ones out of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They are brilliant examples of the stunning architectural capabilities of ancient people and attract tourists from all over the world. But there is a lot more to Egypt as a holiday destination than just mighty Pyramids. Here is a list of four other historical monuments you must visit during holidays in Egypt.

Kom Ombo Temple

Kom-Ombo-Egypt

Located at a distance of 30 miles from Aswan, the Kom Ombo temple, also known as the Double Temple, dates from about 180 BC. The temple is unique as it is devoted to two gods – Horus, the falcon headed god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. You will be surprised to see two adjacent entrances to the same structure. The temple has a two of everything – two gods, two courts, two halls and so on!

Valley of the Kings

Valley-of-the-Kings

Valley of the Kings, situated on the West Bank of River Nile in the ancient city of Thebes is also known as the burial site of King Tutankhamun. It is said that the Valley of Kings is one of the most opulent tombs built by ancient Egyptians for enabling a better afterlife for their pharaohs. The extraordinarily carved walls, brilliantly crafted paintings and magnificently planned architecture inside the tomb will leave you spellbound.

Temple of Osiris

Temple-of-Osiris

The Temple of Osiris located in proximity to many other ancient temples in Abydos is among the biggest treasure after the pyramids in Egypt. The beautiful ruins of this temple will compel you to run your imagination back to the past and envisage the temple in all its glory. There are a few other ancient temples including the Portal Temple and the Funerary Complex located nearby this temple.

Abu Simbel

Abu-Simbel

Abu Simbel temple was built during the reign of the Ramesses II by cutting into a solid rock cliff located near the first and second cataract of the River Nile. It was built in such a way that every year precisely on February 22 and October 22 the sunlight would fall into the inner sanctuary and light up the three statues including one of the Pharaoh seated on a bench.