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    The Colossi of Memnon, Egypt

    They located the Colossi of Memnon west of the modern city of Luxor and facing east toward the River Nile. These imposing sandstones stand at 60 ft high and weigh 720 tons each. They represent Amenhotep III (1385-1353 BCE) of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt in all his glory. Here, the king is depicted as sitting on a throne engraved with imagery of his wife and mother. Both his wife and mother symbolise rebirth. The Egyptian Engravings at The Colossi of Memnon The engravings, as previously mentioned, had more than just a decorative purpose. It was a form of art, and like art today its purpose was to instruct, warn, and…

  • Valley of the Kings
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    Valley of the Kings, Egypt

    What is the Valley of the Kings? The ancient Egyptians built massive and elaborate tombs for themselves. The Valley of the Kings is a long narrow defile on the River Nile’s west bank in Upper Egypt. It was once part of the ancient city of Thebes (modern town of Luxor). And acted as a burial site for almost all the Pharaohs between the 18th-20th dynasties (1539-1075 BCE). To date, there have been 62 tombs found in the hills behind Dayr al-Bahri. Since 1979, they have been a part of the World Heritage site of ancient Thebes. I can’t stress enough that a tour of the Valley of the Kings is…

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    Things To Do In Bath In 25 Photos

    The Ultimate Visual Guide for Visiting Bath Ever wonder what things there are to do in Bath? Well, these 25 photos throughout the year show the charm and beauty that the city is famous for. They also show you the multitude of things you can do in this city. Shopping & Restaurants  In the first place there is so much to do here. Firstly, the centre is overflowing with some of the finest independent shops in Britain and there are some wonderful restaurants. There are also many luxury hotels, Georgian guesthouses, country cottages and apartments in the centre that are worth staying overnight in. They will provide you with a…

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    Karnak and Luxor Temples [Travel Guide]

    Initial thoughts on Karnak and Luxor Temples Another stop on our cruise down the Nile River was Karnak and Luxor Temples… and boy were they worth it! Ever wondered what makes Karnak and Luxor temples so special? Read on to find out more! Karnak Temple Karnak is an ancient Egyptian temple complex. Located on the east bank of the Nile River in Thebes, now known as Luxor. Karnak Temple dates from 2055 BC to 100 AD. This means they built it over 2,000 years. This makes Karnak Temple one of the oldest temples in Egypt. Additionally, it has architectural structures dating back to 4,000 years ago.  Hatshepsut & Thutmose III…

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    Bath Abbey | The History

    I first visited Bath over a decade ago, and I remember vividly seeing Bath Abbey for the first time. Luckily, I have since been back several times. I believe I can say confidently that there is nowhere like the Abbey. It is officially known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. And it is a richly atmospheric place of worship which shows a premier example of Norman Perpendicular Gothic architecture. This architecture is a true testament to the blend of Anglo-Saxon, Norman and 19th-century cultures. Why do I say this? Well, you can find exquisite columns of honey-gold stone, striking stained-glass windows and incredible fan vaulting ceilings.…

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    The Roman Baths | The Roman History

    Have you ever wondered what the history is behind one of the U. K.’s biggest and must-see tourist attractions, The Roman Baths? Well, read on to find out more. A Fabled Foundation of Bath We hold a common belief throughout England that the Romans founded Bath. Whilst the Romans established the Bath we know and love now, there is a remarkable story surrounding its foundation that you might not have heard. According to legend, Bladud, the eldest son of the Celtic King Lud and father of King Lear founded the city of Bath. Banished from the kingdom because of his incurable leprosy, Prince Bladud became a swineherd. However, as his…