EGYPT 2004

Temples, hieroglyphics and carvings in the desert

Lanscapes, deserts, and an Alabaster factory

The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, Egypt. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums. In 1976, it was proclaimed by UNESCO as a part of the World Heritage Site Historic Cairo (Islamic Cairo) which was "the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Citadel

Cairo

we were in Cairo Karnak Temple Luxor Temple Valley of the Kings  Edfu and Esna and also a separate side trip to Aswan and saw temples that are not normally well known (edfu/Esna) but which are amazing, and also, an alabaster factory. 

Karnac, near Luxor

The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak (from Arabic Khurnak meaning "fortified village"), comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of El-Karnak, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) north of Luxor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karnak

 

Cruise down the Nile and
visit an Alabaster factory