Egypt is the oldest tourist destination on earth. Ancient Greeks and Romans started the trend, coming to goggle at the cyclopean scale of the Pyramids and the Colossi of Thebes. During colonial times, Napoleon and the British looted Egypt’s treasures to fill their national museums, sparking off a trickle of Grand Tourists that eventually became a flood of travellers, taken on Nile cruises and Egyptological lectures by the enterprising Thomas Cook. Today, the most popular places to visit are not only the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo, but also fantastic coral reefs and tropical fish, dunes, ancient fortresses, monasteries and prehistoric rock art.
Artwork that involves animals is always on my radar, no surprise, and I appreciate any type of art that involves cats. There are lots out there but I have attempted to narrow it down to a few of my personal favorites past, present and future.
I have been fascinated by Egypt and its artwork ever since I can remember, and as a child I will never forget seeing the beautiful artifacts of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamen at the ROM exhibit here in Toronto. Most people are aware that ancient Egyptians worshiped and revered felines, depicting them in the forms of Deities with the most famous being Bast. Bast had different incarnations before being represented as a domestic cat, which I think is the image most are familiar with. I know it’s the first one I remember seeing and it has been ingrained in memory ever since.
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“She is beautiful but her beauty is appreciated when you look closely at her”this is an expression I heard from someone but he was not talking about Egypt ,but the description fits her perfectly.
There is an ancient feeling emanating from its earth , there is a story in every corner, she has witnessed so many events and adventures, there is a sense of danger about her people , you fear them , yet they can be very kind and genuine , her people have a very rich genetic pool , just like the states , that’s what our physiology professor used to say about our genetics , we have been occupied by so many civilizations or cultures for over 3000 years, before that we had our unique hand made stone wall carved identity , and this identity was tarnished by some and polished by other invading civilizations, yet nowadays…
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The gods have been making a mess out of things since they were unleashed in the human world, and as descendants of the house of life Sadie and carter haven’t had time to train because of their responsibility to keep the gods on a leash. However the god Apophis is now rising and they only have a few days to make sure he doesn’t break free and end the world as they know it, which is a difficult task, full of adventure and action.
This book is a very good book, it’s full of action and adventure with a sprinkle of romance. It keeps you on your feet and just when you think you’ve figured it out Riordan throws in a crazy plot twist! So I totally recommend this book one hundred percent. Enjoy!
Egypt is predominantly Muslim, but a large minority of Coptic Christians and a melange of other religions make the country an exciting destination for religious, secular and ancient cultural festivals. For many of these celebrations, people pour out into the streets wearing traditional costumes to enjoy impromptu song and dance performances and eat traditional foods.
From extant data we can reconstruct a cultic calendar for the major deities of Egypt, such as Amun at Thebes, Hathor of Dendera, Horus of Edfu and others. Frequently, inscribed on the walls of such temples are detailed lists of feasts, all presented in a systematic manner. Such festival calendars were also copied and kept in the scrolls of the temple archives. From these, we can often determine whether a feast took place within the civil calendar or according to the moon.
The Egyptian Museum of Turin is leading an amazing project of renovation, the completion of which will be in the early months of 2015. Despite the ongoing works, the museum is always open. Since August 2013 there is also a new exhibition project entitled “IMMORTAL, the Art and Knowledge of the ancient Egyptians”.
This museum houses the world’s second largest (first is Cairo) collection of Egyptian artifacts.
To learn more: http://www.museoegizio.it/pages/hp_en.jsp