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Egypt’s Historic Sites See Surge in Visitors During Eid al-Adha Celebrations


Tue 18 Jun 2024 | 10:53 PM
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Egypt’s historic sites and museums experienced a significant influx of visitors during the first three days of Eid al-Adha, according to an official statement. The Giza Pyramids alone welcomed 28,500 visitors, with 8,000 on the first day, 10,500 on the second day, and 10,000 on the third day.

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square also saw a considerable number of visitors, totaling around 10,000. The Citadel of Salah al-Din received approximately 3,700 visitors, while the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria matched this figure with 3,700 visitors as well. Prince Mohamed Ali Palace in Manial had 570 visitors, the Museum of Islamic Art had 213, and the Coptic Museum welcomed 410 visitors.

Egypt, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and ancient monuments, remains a top destination for tourists worldwide. The country’s historical sites, such as the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and the Citadel of Salah al-Din, draw millions of visitors each year. These sites not only offer a glimpse into the ancient civilization that once thrived along the Nile but also contribute significantly to Egypt’s tourism industry.

The Giza Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, continue to captivate tourists from around the globe. Located on the outskirts of Cairo, these monumental structures were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. The site includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with the iconic Sphinx. The Pyramids serve as a testament to the architectural ingenuity and cultural richness of ancient Egypt.

Situated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum houses an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The museum’s vast array of exhibits includes the treasures of Tutankhamun, mummies, and countless other historical items that span Egypt’s Pharaonic history. The museum is a focal point for scholars and tourists alike, offering deep insights into Egypt’s past.

The Citadel of Salah al-Din, also known as the Cairo Citadel, is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo. Built by the Ayyubid ruler Salah al-Din (Saladin) in the 12th century, the citadel has served as a defensive stronghold and a residence for Egypt’s rulers. Today, it stands as a prominent tourist attraction, featuring several museums and historic mosques, including the famous Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

The Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s rich Hellenistic heritage. Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, became a major center of culture and learning in the ancient world. The museum’s collections include artifacts from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, showcasing the blend of Greek and Egyptian cultures.

Located in the Manial district of Cairo, the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace is an architectural masterpiece reflecting Islamic, Persian, and European influences. Built in the early 20th century, beautiful gardens surround the palace and houses a museum that offers insights into the life and times of Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik, a prominent figure in Egyptian history.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, featuring artifacts from across the Islamic world. Its collections span a wide range of periods and regions, including textiles, ceramics, manuscripts, and metalwork, highlighting the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations.

The Coptic Museum in Cairo’s Coptic Cairo district is dedicated to preserving Egypt’s Christian heritage. The museum’s collections include Coptic art, manuscripts, and textiles, offering a unique perspective on Egypt’s early Christian communities and their contributions to the country’s cultural tapestry.