Knopf Guide: Egypt

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The Pharoahs of ancient Egypt believed that even in death, life is everlasting, so their tombs stored the worldly possessions deemed necessary in the afterlife. In many ways, their desire for eternity has become realized as their civilization -- nearly 9,000 years after its birth -- still captures the imagination and hearts of travelers. Travel to this country and witness the ...

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Overview

"Hip-pocket portable and richly illustrated." -- Conde Nast Traveler

The Pharoahs of ancient Egypt believed that even in death, life is everlasting, so their tombs stored the worldly possessions deemed necessary in the afterlife. In many ways, their desire for eternity has become realized as their civilization -- nearly 9,000 years after its birth -- still captures the imagination and hearts of travelers. Travel to this country and witness the Pyramids at Giza -- the only one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing.

Journey through the Valley of the Kings and discover the spectacular Temple of Hatshepsut, the mysterious Sphinx, the dramatic interiors of the great pyramids and mosques. Visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum of Cairo with Tutankhamun's gold and treasures. Read about the daily life of the pharoahs, their gods and sacred funerary rites Learn about sand dunes, desert oases, and the fertile Nile delta. Travel to Alexandria -- once the second largest city in the Roman Empire -- and navigate its open-air markets and then steal-away to a quiet walled-garden. The Knopf Guide to Egypt is packed with all the essential, practical information you will need including where to stay, shop and enjoy local cuisine, as well as how to order a coffee ziada (sweet), mazbut (fairly sweet) or sada (bitter). It is a perfect companion to this engaging and sometimes challenging destination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375711107
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Knopf Guides Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 4.49 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

How to use this guide 02
Introduction to the itineraries 06
The authors 07
Encyclopedia section
Nature 15
The Nile Valley 16
Climate 24
Lake Nasser 26
Coral reef 28
Mangrove forests 30
Sinai 32
Animals of Ancient Egypt 34
Fauna of the archeological sites 36
History, Language and Religion 37
Pre-Pharaonic Egypt 38
The Nile in Pharaonic times 46
Life and death in Ancient Egypt 54
From the Arab conquest to modern times 66
Language 72
Religion 74
Architecture 77
Pharaonic architecture:
Construction techniques 78
Religious architecture 82
Funerary architecture 86
Civil architecture 90
Military architecture 92
History of excavations 94
Restoration techniques 102
Coptic monastic architecture 106
Islamic architecture
Mosques 108
Religious establishments 112
Funerary architecture 114
Domestic architecture 116
"Wakala" 118
Arts and Traditions 119
Boats 120
Rituals and ceremonies 124
Festivals and pilgrimages 126
Music and dance 128
Craft trades 130
Cafes 132
Food: "fuul" 134
Horses 136
Falconry 138
Egypt as Seen by Painters 139
Egypt Expedition's scientific mission 140
Early Orientalists 142
Orientalists 144
Contemporary artists 146
Egyptian artists 148
Egypt as Seen by Writers 149
Itineraries in Egypt
Alexandria 171
The city of Alexandria 174
Graeco-Roman Museum 186
Catacombs 192
Around Alexandria 200
Nile Delta 205
Cairo to Rosetta 206
Champollion and hieroglyphics 216
Cairo to Damietta 220
Cairo to Tanis 224
Suez Canal 228
Sinal 237
South Sinai 240
Sinai mountains 243
St Catherine's Monastery 244
Mount Sinai 246
Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea 248
North Sinai 250
Deserts 253
Libyan Desert 254
Siwa Oasis 256
Kharga Oasis 260
Arabian Desert 264
Cairo 269
The city center 272
Egyptian Museum, Cairo 276
El-Hussein and Khan el-Khalili 286
El-Azhar 294
Darb el-Ahmar 300
The Citadel 304
Midan Salah ad-Din 308
Islamic Museum 316
Old Cairo 318
Coptic Museum 322
Cemeteries 326
Memphis 332
Saqqara 344
Memphis to the Faiyum 353
Dahshur 354
Lisht 356
Meidum 357
Illahun 359
Ihnasiya el-Medina 360
The Faiyum 361
Kom Ushim 366
Medinet el-Faiyum 368
El-Minia to Thebes 371
El-Minia 372
Beni Hassan 374
Hermopolis 376
Tuna el-Jebel 377
Tell el-Amarna 378
Assiut 380
Abydos 386
Dendera 388
Thebes 393
Temple of Luxor 398
Temple of Karnak 404
Valley of the Kings 416
Tomb of Tutankhamun 418
Temple of Sety I 424
Deir el-Bahari 426
Necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna 430
Ramesseum 432
Medinet Habu 434
Deir el-Medina 438
Valley of the Queens 440
Qurna 442
Thebes to Aswan 443
Esna 446
El-Kab 447
Edfu 448
Kom Ombo 452
Aswan and Abu Simbel 455
Aswan 456
Aswan High Dam 460
Philae 462
Abu Simbel 464
Egypt in the Museums of the World 467
Italy 468
Germany 470
United States 472
United Kingdom 474
France 476
Europe 478
Obelisks 480
Practical information
Getting there 482
Getting around 484
Staying in Egypt from A to Z 486
List of addresses Hotels and restaurants selected by James Drummond 493
Useful words and phrases 503
Places to visit 507
Bibliography 516
Table of illustrations 517
Index 528
Map Section 539
Cairo street index 540
A-B Alexandria
C Northwest Egypt
D Northeast Egypt
E Libyan desert
F Southeast Egypt
G Nile Delta
H Cairo
I North Cairo
J South Cairo
K Thebes
L Luxor
M Aswan
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