Egypt

Egypt At A Glance

Capital: Cairo

Currency: Egyptian Pound (1 pound is equal to .054 USD)

Language: Arabic

Climate: Cairo’s average temperature is 58 °F in January, 85 °F in July

Best Time to Visit: October-April

Popular Cuisine: Kushari, Mulukhiya, Fatta, Sayadeya, Ta’meya, Kebab, and Kofta

Our Favorite Destinations:

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramid is the last surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built for Pharaoh Khufu, who reigned from 2589-2566 BC. The other two were built for his son and grandson, Pharaoh Khafre and Pharaoh Menkaure.

The Sphinx

The Sphinx of Giza is estimated to have been built between 2603-2578 BC for Pharaoh Khafre, but no one knows for sure when or why it was constructed. It went through several periods of neglect before being fully unearthed in the late 1930s.

Saqqara (or Sakkara)

Near Giza, Saqqara contains ancient Egyptian royalty burial grounds. There are a few pyramids and mastaba tombs since it was the necropolis of Memphis, the ancient Egyptian capital. It also has the oldest complete stone building complex, the Pyramid of Djoser.

St. Catherine

Located at the foot of Mt. Sinai, Saint Catherine is most well-known for its monastery, which was built between 527-565 AD by Emperor Justinian. It is also the place where it is believed that Moses spoke to the burning bush.

Mount Sinai

Mt. Sinai is located on the Sinai Peninsula and is likely the same Mt. Sinai in the Bible, where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses.