1274 BC

Events and trends 1279 BC—Pharaoh Seti I dies. c. 1279 BC—Troy VI, speculated to be the city mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, is presumed to have been destroyed by Greek armies. c. 1279 BC (May 31)—Ramesses II (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. c. 1279 BC–1213 BC—Temple of Ramesses II in Abu Simbel, Nubia (19th […]

Western Desert

The Libyan Desert, also known as the Western Desert, forms the northern and eastern part of the Sahara Desert and covers an area of approximately . The desert extends approximately 1100 km from east to west, and 1,000 km from north to south, in about the shape of a rectangle. The Libyan Desert covers eastern […]


Ra or Re (, rˤ) is the ancient Egyptian solar deity. By the Fifth Dynasty (2494 to 2345 BCE) he had become a major god in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the midday sun. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the […]


Amun (also Amon (), Amen; Ámmōn, Hámmōn) was a major Egyptian deity. He was attested since the Old Kingdom together with his spouse Amaunet. With the 11th dynasty ( 21st century BC), he rose to the position of patron deity of Thebes by replacing Monthu. After the rebellion of Thebes against the Hyksos and with […]

Howard Carter

Howard Carter (9 May 18742 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world famous after discovering the intact tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun (colloquially known as “King Tut” and “the boy king”) in November 1922.

Marsa Matruh

Mersa Matruh (also spelled Marsa Matruh and Marsa Matrouh; , ) is a Mediterranean seaport and the capital of the Matrouh Governorate in Egypt. It is west of Alexandria and 222 km from Sallum, on the main highway from the Nile Delta to the Libyan border. Another highway leads south from the town, toward the […]

Tutankhamen’s tomb

KV62 is the standard Egyptological designation for the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, now renowned for the wealth of treasure it contained. The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, underneath the remains of workmen’s huts built during the Ramesside Period; this explains why it was spared […]

Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum is located in the Egyptian city of Luxor (ancient Thebes). It stands on the corniche, overlooking the west bank of the River Nile, in the central part of the city. Inaugurated in 1975, the museum is housed in a small, purpose-built building. The range of artifacts on display is far more restricted than […]

Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event February 2022

Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event 2022

The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is a bi-annual event held at Ramses II‘s magnificent temple in the south of Egypt. The central chamber of the temple is illuminated by the sun twice a year. The sun aligns perfectly for a brief moment, illuminating the normally dark interior’s inner sanctum. The inner statues of Ra (the […]


Esna ( ), known to the ancient Egyptians as Egyptian: Iunyt or Ta-senet; Greek: (Latopolis or Letopolis) or (Polis Laton) or (Latton); Latin: Lato, is a city in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the River Nile, some 55 km south of Luxor. The town was formerly part of the modern Qena […]

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