Egypt Sight Seeings

  • Cairo and Giza
    Abdeen Palace

    Thought to be named after Abdeen Bey, a general during Mohamed Ali Pasha’s reign, the palace was built in 1863 by Khedive Ismail. With elaborate internal designs and vast green courts, it resonates pure luxury while retaining its natural historical beauty. Most recently, it was restored during President Mubarak’s time in the late 1980’s to showcase an array of museums, including the Military Museum and the Silverware Museum.

  • Alexandria
    Abu El-Abbas Mosque

    Deemed as Alexandria’s most famous and largest religious monument to date, the mosque is named after Abul-Abbas, a Muslim scholar originally from Murcia, Spain, whose remains are entombed underneath. Built in 1775, the interior consists of eight monolithic granite columns and a pasageway of archways. Added most recently to it’s construction, a 73 meter minaret, in 1943. It is additionally encircled by other mosques and burial places of numerous religious figures of the time, including Al-Shazli, and Abul-Abbas’ student, Sidi Yaqout Al-Arshi.

  • Luxor
    Abu Haggag Mosque

    The story of the mosque links two dissimilar cultu

    Abu Haggag, a Sufi Sheikh, came to Luxor from Baghdad in the latter years of his life and immediately became thought of as an intruder to the area, since the main religion at the time was Coptic Christianity. Referred to as The Princess, the Coptic lady who owned the city at the time, granted Abu Haggag land in order to live and become a citizen, after which he began construction of a mosque, the same one that exists today. Unbeknown to Haggag at the time, the land below his was the same plot of land underneath which the majority of Luxor Temple, known today, was constructed thousands of years prior. Parts of the temple at the time were visible, yet in the 19th Century as further excavation of Luxor Temple commenced; it became clear that the two places of worship, for two very different religions, shared the same location.

    Knowing this story, the mosque became an iconic landmark for locals in addition to being the core of religious activities for them in Luxor. Because of its heritage, the mosque continues to play an important religious role, and is identified as being full of ‘baraka’, divine blessing, having withstood different cultures and religions of the region.

  • Aswan
    Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show

     Brought to life through the medium of sound and light, the Abu Simbel temples are seen in a totally different element through a rainbow of colour, spectacular projected images, and lasers. The vivid colours used to decorate the temples dazzle even more so with the added vibrancy of colored lighting, highlighting the detail of carving and the care the Egyptians took in adorning their important buildings.

    Told through the eyes of Ancient Egyptians, viewers experience the battle of Kadesh and the life of Ramses II the Great.

    The shows are as follows:
     

    Show

    1st


    The shows are presented in all languages

    (English-French-German-Italian-Spanish-Russian-Japanese-Arabic

    Saturday

    Sunday

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Time show

    7:30

    Ramadan Time

    8:00


    The Agha Khan Mausoleum: Sat high overlooking the Nile, the Aga Khan Mausoleum takes in spectacular views, including his white villa below and the nearby St. Simeons Monastery on the west bank. The final resting place of the Ismaili’s (a Shi’ite sect, similar to the Fatimid) spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, the prominent structure stands out in pink granite, built in the late 1950’s. Notably, members of this sect believe a direct lineage of descendance from the Fatimid.

    Mohamed Shah Aga Khan was educated in Europe, coming to power after his father’s death in 1885, making him the 48th Imam. Historically, the Aga Khan was extremely wealthy, showering his followers with diamonds, amounting to his own weight, despite the fact that he was not a slender man. Widowed in 1957, Omme Habibah, referred to as “The Begum”, was known for placing a red rose on his white Carrara marble tomb whenever she was at the residence, until her own death, July 1, 2000. This decadent tradition was followed through by a gardener, where legend heralds, a point in time, Egypt was void of any red roses due to this ritual, hence, roses were specially flown in from Paris for this purpose.

    Unfortunately, the Mausoleum is no longer open to the public.

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