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Most Interesting Facts about Egypt

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Ever since I was a child, I have had a fascination with magic and mysteries. The pyramids of Giza topped the list of my places to visit due to that reason. I loved reading about the pharaohs and how they were expected to become gods in the afterlife. They constructed these massive pyramid tombs and filled them with things that they would require in the next world. The ancient engineering feats at Giza were so impressive that even today scientists can’t be sure how the pyramids were built. There are a lot of theories which suggest the work was done by the aliens who visited our planet thousands of years ago.

Located on the northeast corner of Africa, Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Egypt is home to one of the world’s earliest and greatest civilizations, with a unified kingdom first surfacing around 3,200 B.C. Let’s know a little more about this mysterious country:

18 Interesting facts about Egypt

1. First on the list are the pyramids. These marvelous structures have always sparked a curiosity around the world. Mummification was an expensive and time-consuming process, reserved for the more wealthy members of society. They believed in afterlife and usually were buried with treasures and things they would require in that next world.

To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt. The shape of ancient Egyptian pyramids is thought to have been inspired by the spreading rays of the sun.

The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It took more than 20 years to build and stand about 450 feet high.  The base of the Great Pyramid takes up almost as much space as five football fields. It still has many unexplored passageways.

Pyramid of Khufu
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2. This should be interesting to know that the Great Pyramid was not built by slaves. Many people believe that slaves were brought in to construct the pyramid. However, archaeological evidence indicates that the Great Pyramid was in fact built by a workforce of 5,000 permanent, salaried employees and up to 20,000 temporary workers. These workers were free men, they were housed in a temporary camp near the pyramid, where they received payment in the form of food, drink, medical attention and, for those who died on duty, burial in the nearby cemetery.

3. Ancient Egyptians worshipped more than 2,000 different gods and goddesses. Each god had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance.

The most important god of all was Ra, the sun god. For the ancient Egyptians, the world began when Ra who personifies life, goodness, light, and energy created the Earth and the Sky and the rest of the world. For them, creation was a daily occurrence, repeated with every rising and setting of the sun.

Egyptian god
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4. Nile River in Egypt is the world’s longest river at 6650 km. The river gave rise to the famous Egyptian civilization. Ancient Egyptians believed the tears of the goddess Isis made the Nile overflow each year as no one knew where the water came from.

Nile River
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5. An Egyptian father named his newborn daughter “Facebook” to commemorate the role social networking site played in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

6. Football is the most popular sport of the country. There are two teams that are fierce rivals, but still share the same stadium. The teams are Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC, and they both play at Cairo International Stadium.

7. Egypt has the largest Arabic population in the world.

8. Egyptians loved makeup and both men and women wore it. It was thought to have healing powers, plus it helped protect their skin from the sun. The eye makeup was supposed to restore poor eyesight and fight eye infections.

Egypt
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9. The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs were developed about 3,000 B.C. and may have started as early wall paintings. Because hieroglyphs have no vowels, we will never know for sure how the ancients pronounced their words.

Hieroglyphs
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10. Ancient Egyptians considered cats to be sacred. Most families had a pet cat as it was believed that they brought good luck!

11. Our calendar was invented in Egypt. The 365-day calendar that is divided into 12 months was created to predict the yearly flooding of the Nile River.

Ancient Egyptians kept such good flood records on the Nile that scientists today use their data to better understand rainfall patterns.

12. Ancient Egypt gave equal rights to both men and women. They could own or inherit properties, file for a divorce and live on their own without a male guardian.

We all know about Cleopatra, the last pharaoh who ruled over Egypt for many years.

13. The oldest surviving mathematics book came from Egypt in 1650 BC. It’s titled “The Entrance into the Knowledge of All Existing Things and All Obscure Secrets.”

14. My mother has a saree that she got from her grandmother. It is beautiful and at least 100 years old. But do you know about world’s oldest dress? The dress was found in Egypt and is 5000 years old. Woah!

world’s oldest dress
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15. We know that Ancient Egypt was advanced. But do you know that the world’s first prosthetic limb was made here. It was a toe composed of leather, wood and thread and dated between 950 and 710 B.C.

Pregnancy tests were also common and Egypt was the first nation to invent home pregnancy test. Women were advised to urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days; if the wheat sprouted, she was having a girl, and if the barley sprouted, a boy. If neither sprouted, she wasn’t pregnant. Sounds weird, but it actually worked 70 percent of the time when tested by a group of scientists in 1963.

16. Ancient Egyptians invented a lot of things which are still in use like paper, pens, locks and keys and toothpaste. Yes, they were particular about their dental hygiene.

17. Wigs were one of the most important fashion accessories in ancient Egypt. Both men and women shaved their heads to stay cool and often wore wigs. Rich people wore wigs made from human hair, while poor people wore wigs made from wool or vegetable fiber.

18. The oldest recorded standard of weight was created in Egypt. Beqa is an ancient Egyptian unit equal to between 6.66 and 7.45 ounces. It is still used today

Trip leader Sakshi’s Recommendations if you are visiting Egypt:

Pyramids of Giza: Of course you cannot come to Egypt and miss one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids complex of Giza is the jewel of Egypt tourist attractions and one of the most popular Egypt sightseeing places.

Pyramids of Giza
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Egypt also offers stunning beaches. With coastlines on the Mediterranean Sea, the River Nile, and the Red Sea, you can have the ultimate time of your life, doing incredible things like swimming, snorkeling, or simply enjoying great food on the beachfront.

Fjord Bay Taba: Around 15 km from the town of Taba lies a deep blue cove, protected on three sides by a mountain range. You can go for hiking in the mountains from where you can capture incredible panoramic views. And then you can come down to take a dip in the water. It is also a famous diving spot and a massive bed of coral lies at the bottom of the fjord.

Fjord Bay Taba
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Al Nayzak in Marsa Alam: Locally known as the “Shooting Star”, this natural pool is believed to form to have been formed after a meteor hit the place. The water is beautiful turquoise in colour, and the beach itself is very beautiful.

Al Nayzak in Marsa Alam
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