Infamous for its pyramids, ancient civilizations, and cultural arts – Egypt is always on top of everyone’s list of places to visit. Picture the heat, sand and massive structures of the pyramids and museums along with cool, blue sea waters for refreshments and you would already want to fly to visit this country. Also get to enjoy luxury cruises on the River Nile. The vibrant nightlife and delicious Egyptian cuisine are always accessible for anyone to try out. Egypt also has one of the most diverse cultures in the world; expect to meet different kinds of beautiful people from various backgrounds and religions. Have an enjoyable experience filled with new information and fascinating discoveries.
Egypt – IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING FACTS
- The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea through Egypt. Currently it is 193 miles long, 79 feet deep and 673 feet wide.
- More than 90% of Egypt consists of desert.
- The Nile River and the Suez Canal are Egypt’s major transportation arteries.
- Egypt exports crude oil and petroleum products, cotton, textiles, metal products, and chemicals.
- The Nile Valley is one of the most intensively cultivated and productive farming regions in the world.
- The shape of ancient Egyptian pyramids is thought to have been inspired by the spreading rays of the sun.
- On the Egyptian flag, black represents oppression, red represents the bloody struggle against oppression, and white is symbolic of a bright future
- The ancient Egyptians had three different calendars: an everyday farming calendar, an astronomical calendar, and a lunar calendar.
- For ancient Egyptians, bread was the most important food and beer was their favorite drink.
- To stay cool and avoid lice, both men and women in ancient Egypt shaved their heads and often wore wigs.
Egypt – COOL, FUNNY AND FUN FACTS
- Soccer is the favorite sport of most Egyptians
- Egypt is also one of the region’s main filmmaking and publishing centers.
- The base of the Great Pyramid takes up almost as much space as five football fields
- Ancient Egyptians believed that mummification ensured the deceased a safe passage to the afterlife.
- Ancient Egyptians mummified not only people but animals as well
- In Egypt, both men and women wore eye make-up called kohl, which was made from ground-up raw material mixed with oil
- The ancient Egyptians worshipped more than 1,000 different gods and goddesses
- The Sahara Desert at one time was lush grassland and savannah.
- Egypt is the 30th largest country in the world by area.
- Rich people wore wigs made from human hair, while poor people wore wigs made from wool or vegetable fiber.
Egypt – HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FACTS
- In 3200 BC-332 BC Egypt was ruled by a series of Egyptian dynasties.
- In 332 BC-600s AD Egypt was ruled by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines.
- Egypt was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1517
- 1798-1801 – Briefly controlled by France.
- 1875 – The British government buys Egypt’s interest in the Suez Canal company.
- Pharaoh Pepi II (2246-2152 B.C.) had the longest reign in history—94 years. He became Egypt’s king when he was only 6 years old
- During 2150 B.C, Pharaoh Pepi II allegedly would smear naked slaves with honey to attract flies away from him
- The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.)
- Ancient Egyptian women had more rights and privileges than most other women in the ancient world
- Egypt’s first pyramid was a step pyramid built by famed Egyptian architect Imhotep for the pharaoh Djoser in 2600 B.C