Pyramids of Egypt – Step Pyramid at Saqqara

Step Pyramid

Saqqara – Egypt
The Great Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara is one of those superstars of Egyptian monuments that is almost always on the itinerary of antiquity tours to Egypt, and for good reason. Few monuments hold a place in human history as significant as that of this Pyramid. It can be said without exaggeration that the Step Pyramid complex constitutes a milestone in the evolution of monumental stone architecture, both in Egypt and in the world as a whole.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Meidum Pyramid

Meidum Pyramid

Meidum – Egypt
At Meidum, 50 km south of Dashur, King Snefru (the first king of the 4th Dynasty) built Egypt’s first true, or straight-sided, pyramid. Because of its remoteness, it is not seen as part of the Memphite necropolis, which stretches from Abu Rawash to Dashur, even though one pyramid and several mastabas have been built there during the Old Kingdom.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Black Pyramid at Dahshur

Black Pyramid

Dahshur – Egypt
About 2km to the east of Snefru’s Bent Pyramid at Dahshur is one of a series of three Middle Kingdom pyramids, a dark ruined structure rising from the sand and looking more like a rocky outcrop than the remains of a pyramid. Often called the Black Pyramid, Amenemhet III’s monument was built with a core of dark unfired mudbrick, but without the stabilising stone framework of other structures of its type. Its strange shape is mostly due to the effects of weathering after its outer limestone layer was removed by robbers.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Bent Pyramid at Dahshur

Bent Pyramid

Dahshur – Egypt
The Bent Pyramid was probably the first planned from the outset to be a true pyramid, with smooth sides. This represents a glorious period in the evolution of the pyramid, comparable to that when Djsoer’s architect, Imhotep, built the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. The Bent Pyramid was probably either the first or second of Snefru’s pyramids, depending on who built the Medium Pyramid. It was almost certainly built prior to his other project at Dahshur, the Red Pyramid.

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Guest Post: Amazing Places To Visit In the UK

London

United Kingdom
The United Kingdom remains a cherished place for global tourists due to its historic cities, world class museums, beautiful countryside and exceptional theatres. The United Kingdom comprises of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tourism sector in United Kingdom offers a wide variety of tourism places as discussed in the article.

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Pyramids of Egypt – The Red Pyramid at Dahshur

Red Pyramid

Dahshur – Egypt
Soon after the bend in the Bent Pyramid began to take shape, Snefru, one of the most prolific builders of Ancient Egypt, ordered another pyramid to be built nearby, the Red Pyramid. It would be Snefru’s third attempt at a classic, smooth-sided pyramid, and it was a charm—an elegant precursor to the Great Pyramids at Giza. Also known as the North Pyramid, it is the third largest pyramid in Egypt and one of the few whose interior is open to visitors.

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Guest Post: A trip to Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul – Turkey
Istanbul is the kind of city that combines the old and the new, the beauty of the west and mysterious charm of Asia. Not only is it the largest city in Turkey but it is also the center of touristic, economical and social activities. It is a the city that is both joining The Middle Eastern Turkey to the European continent. The Bosphorus waterfront is one of the busiest waterways between the seal of Marmara and the Black Sea.

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Jordan’s Crusader Castles – Al-Wueira

Al-Wueira

Petra – Jordan
Although most attention has focused on the finely built castles of the central and northern regions of the Crusader States, many other fortifications were erected with remarkable speed and little apparent expense. The most obvious example is Al-Wueira castle in Jordan which lies about 1.5 km from Petra, on the way to Siq Al-Barid dominating the eastern summit of Al-Wueira ridge. It is not surprising that many visitors to Petra make a detour to look at the remains of it and I’m going to tell you why.

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Hammamat Ma’in and Evason Resort

Hamammat Ma'in

Ma’in – Jordan
Visitors to the Dead Sea should also take advantage of another nearby wonder, Hammamat Ma’in or Ma’in Hot Springs. Popular with both locals and tourists, the springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. Thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of hyper-thermal waterfalls. These falls originate from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan and eventually feed the 109 hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is heated to temperatures of up to 63° Celsius by underground lava fissures as it makes its way through the valley before emptying into the Zarqa River.

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