The Museum of Memphis
The Open Air Museum at Memphis is one of the “must see” sites in Egypt! The trip from Cairo only takes 45 minutes, it is only 20Km to the south, and the entrance fee is 21LE.
Founded in the 1st Dynasty (3100 B.C) by King Narmar, Memphis was the capital of Ancient Egypt, and the first capital city founded after the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. It remained as the capital of Ancient Egypt throughout the Old Kingdom. Because of the many necropolises associated with Memphis, many Egyptologists believe that it was once an extremely large city, though no archaeological evidence proves this, at present!
The name of Memphis is derived from the Ancient Egyptian name called Min-Nefer, which the Greeks later called Memphis. Today it is the location of a local village called Mit Rahina. Excavation, of the site of Memphis, has continued for the last 200 years.
The local God of Memphis was called Ptah, who was the God of creation and workmen, and he was worshiped with his wife, the Goddess Sekhmet and their son, the God Nefer-Tom.
Nothing much remains from ancient Memphis, except some monuments from the New Kingdom and later periods. Nearby Sakkara (as well as Dashur and others) was associated with Memphis, as it was the site of one its many necropolises.
Today, in Memphis, you will see an open air Museum, which amongst other artefacts exhibits a limestone colossus of King Ramses II
(an enormous statue carved in limestone, which is about 10m (33.8 ft) long, even though it has no feet!) and a giant alabaster Sphinx, weighting more than 80 tons, which once stood outside the massive temple of the God Ptah. There are also remains of granite statues, of Ramses II, and granite coffins and commemorative tablets from later periods.
Here is a list of what you should see in Cairo:
Among the major tourist sites.
is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Egypt!
It is one of those sites that had, and still keeps, lots of secrets!!
is considerd to be one of the oldest, most famous, and largest museums in the world.
is considered the oldest church in the area of Al-Fustat (Old Cairo).
is one of the oldest and the most remarkable churches in Cairo. .
was built in the centre of the Ancient Roman fort of Babylon.
The Cairo Tower
This city looks quite different from above than what one see from bellow
founder of this monument is Abdel followed by Katkhuda and this was weird.
In the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Synagogue is described as “A prayer place for the Jews”.
is the oldest intact functioning Islamic monument in Cairo.
Islamic monuments in Egypt has started since the Moslems first opened in 641 AD.