Egyption History & Travel - 2010

and tombs with magnificent carvings depicting their lives, their victories, their families, their religious beliefs and practices.

It is probably unnecessary to say that we were most moved and impressed with the things we saw from this period because we felt most familiar with these names and the events in their lives. All up and down the Nile were the legacies of these Pharaohs so it was not difficult at all to see their histories spread out before us. Temples and tombs are everywhere on the West Bank of the Nile from Cairo to Abu Simbel, the farthest point south on our particular tour of Egypt. Among the wonderful things from the New Kingdom that we saw in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities were: a bust of Hatshepsut, King Tut's treasures in a specially air- conditioned room, statues and figures of Akhenaton, three Amenhoteps and 4 Tuthmoses. All of these are elegant, evocative and true miracles of survival. And though we were grateful for the opportunity of viewing everything connected with the New Kingdom at the Museum, nothing really prepared us for the marvels of the architectural treasures we saw in Luxor, Karnak, Aswan and Abu Simbel.

The Nubian Museum

In Aswan, we saw modern and well-appointed Nubian Museum, built in the l980s. Though it was principally devoted to exhibiting and explaining the Nubian culture along with its kings and warriors and relationship with its power northern neighbor, Egypt, we did see connections with various Pharaohs there because the Egyptian leaders so often raided Nubia for treasure and slaves. These raids were not limited to the New Kingdom however. From the earliest times in Egypt's existence, Nubia was regarded as a “treasure house” for Egypt, to be attacked and pillaged whenever Egyptian leaders felt the need of an infusion of money, valuable gems, gold, and slaves.

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