CAIRO GIZA SAQQUARA
Cairo extends on the banks of the Nile River to the south of its delta where the river divides into two tributaries: Rosetta and Damietta.
On the east side of the Nile, the presence of 2000 years of Islamic, Christian Coptic and Jewish culture still alive, makes the town bright of a magic cultural blend. Cairo is now a huge metropolis were more than 15 million of persons live, and offers an incredible selection of shopping, leisure, culture and nightlife. Shopping ranges from the famous and ancient Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where spices, food, clothes and a large variety of typical products are sold, to the modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions.
On the west side of the Nile river there is the ancient Egyptian town of Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom where the Pyramids are located. Now it is called Giza and it is a masterpiece of the Egyptian history and culture, dated 3000 BC. The Pyramids are the only wonder surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Memphis, the oldest capital of Egypt, is located 24 kms south-west of Cairo. In its Museum there is the colossal statue of Ramses II. It is a 13 meters long monument, made of fine-grained limestone and it is considered the most beautiful representation of Ramses II.
Saqqara is the oldest Ancient Egyptian cemetery. lt lies on a desert plateau, south-west of Cairo. Above rises the Step-Pyramid and mortuary compound, built by the engineer lmhotep for King Zoser. It is composed of six receding mastabas on top of each other.
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