10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

August 28, 2017

Egypt, with the magnificent history, legends, the grand architecture, the magical feel, will always be fascinating to me. The more I know about the place, the more I want to know about it. It's been almost 1 year since my trip to Egypt and I haven't been able to get over it. Probably I will never get over it and honestly I don't even want to.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

So, here I am throwing back to the amazing time I spent in Egypt and sharing some interesting facts that I learnt about Egypt.

1. Cairo is located on the east bank of Nile and Giza on the west. As you would probably know, the ancient Egyptians believed in afterlife and they worshipped the sun God Ra. Since the sun sets on the west, they considered the western bank as eternity. Hence, all the great structures are found on the west bank of Nile.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

2. The government of Egypt does not impose taxes on buildings that are under construction. Therefore, people in Giza purposely keep their buildings incomplete from outside to avoid paying taxes. I tried to find at least one building totally complete and trust me I couldn't find one.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

3. The Sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a Pharaoh and body of a lion which symbolise wisdom and power. Before going to Egypt I thought there's only one such sphinx that we get to see at the great pyramids. But that's not true. There are hundreds of sphinxes all over Egypt. The one that we see at the great pyramids is the biggest of all. This sphinx belongs to the pyramid in the middle which is the pyramid of King Chephron.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

4. The Pyramids were not built by slaves. The kings hired paid workers who were provided food, shelter and money. They worked voluntarily. I went for a light and sound show at the great pyramids where I could learn about Egyptian history and while talking about how the pyramids were made, they said a very beautiful thing. You cannot build something like a Pyramid with slavery. The people who built the pyramids believed that they are actually creating something eternal and now we all can see they actually did!!

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

5. The Arabic name for Egypt is Misr. It is very common in the Arab world, even in India. In fact, the government of Egypt uses the name Misr for the country.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

6.  The ancient Egyptians shared food with the dead. The catacomb in Alexandria contains several tombs. The family members of the dead buried in the catacomb came to the place which is under the ground. There is a room for mourning. The visitors would bring food and drinks and eat in the mourning room as an act of sharing food with their dead loved ones. Before leaving the catacomb, they would break the utensils as it is considered bad luck to take them back home.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

7. Unlike many places, a black cat or any other cat is considered very lucky. In ancient Egypt, cats were considered sacred and they were worshipped.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

8. The southern part of Egypt is higher in altitude than the north. Therefore, the Nile flows down from south to north and joins the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria. So, as the Nile flows from south to north, Southern part is called Upper Egypt and Northern part is called Lower Egypt.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

9. Nubia, in the southern part of Egypt is the homeland to the Africa's earliest black culture and civilisation. The tribe has crocodiles as their pets. They breed and raise the crocodiles and once they grow up, they release them in the Nile.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt


10. Rameses II is considered the greatest Egyptian ruler. He ruled for a good 60 years. He had many wives and over 90 children. His favourite wife was Nefertari, a Nubian princess and he built the Abu Simbel temple in her honour.

10 Interesting Facts About Egypt

So, these are some of pretty amazing facts that I learnt about Egypt during my trip. Do let me know which one is your favourite.

Love,
Sumelika ♥







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