Ancient Egyptian Sites | Cities of Ancient Egypt

Explore Ancient Egyptian Sites and Ancient Egyptian Places, Ruins and Remains

If you’re looking to find Ancient Egyptian sites and want to know more about the history of Ancient Egypt then our interactive map and Egyptian sites list will set you on your way. We'll help you discover historical sites from Ancient Egypt as well as ancient egyptian cities and will help you research some amazing places to see on your travels.

In general, Ancient Egyptian sites are some of the most picturesque and dramatic historic places around the globe. The result of a thriving civilisation that stood for thousands of years, the sites of Ancient Egypt remain unparalleled in their sheer grandeur and magnitude. From vast pyramids to mysterious hidden tombs, Ancient Egyptian sites have enthralled the world for centuries.

Today the sites of Ancient Egypt form some of the most visited historical places in the world and stand as a testament to the achievements of this ancient civilisation.

Once you’ve explored the list of Ancient Egyptian sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner to plan your very own Ancient Egypt tour and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Egyptian arechaeological sites and Egyptian historical places.

Our database of Egyptian historical sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Ancient Egypt sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page. Click the links below to start your exploration of Ancient Egyptian sites:

Ancient Egypt: Site Index

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Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is home to the two grand temples of the iconic Ramesses II. Today, it is one of the Ancient Egyptian sites that make up the “Nubian Monuments”, as classified by UNESCO.

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site in Egypt housing a series of incredible Ancient Egyptian monuments, especially a number of rock temples. The most famous sites at Abu Simbel are the two Temples of Ramesses II. The site was rediscovered in 1813. Known as Ramesses the Great (sometimes spelt Ramses),... Read More

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Abusir Pyramids

Not far from Cairo are the remains of fourteen Egyptian pyramids built by the pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty at the site of Abusir. Whilst not one of the best preserved of the Ancient Egypt sites, they offer a quieter pyramid viewing experience than others.

The Abusir Pyramids, near Cairo in Egypt are fourteen Ancient Egyptian pyramids. These were built by the pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including those of Sahure, Neferirkare and Nyuserre Ini and, like Saqqara’s pyramids, formed part of the ancient city of Memphis. One or two of the Abusir Pyramids are relatively... Read More

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Abydos

Abydos is an important Ancient Egyptian site which contains a wealth of tombs, temples and other archaeological remains including the famous Temple of Seti I.

Abydos is an important Ancient Egyptian site located about 50 miles north-west of Luxor which contains a wealth of tombs, temples and other archaeological remains. Covering a vast area, Abydos has offered up many historical sites and much of the area still remains uncovered. It is perhaps best known for the... Read More

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British Museum

The British Museum in London is a world-famous museum of history and culture and has an extensive Egyptian collection..

The British Museum is one of the world’s foremost museums of history and anthropology. Based in London, the British Museum has some of the largest and most revered collections from around the globe ranging from Babylonian stonework and Samurai armour to pottery and glass from the Roman Empire. The British Museum... Read More

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Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

This most famous museum contains some of the world’s most impressive Ancient Egyptian artefacts, not to mention its most comprehensive.

The Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities contains the most comprehensive and important collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world. Indeed, it is said to have over 100,000 pieces in all. From smaller objects such as coins and piece of papyrus to statues of pharaohs and the magnificence of the Royal... Read More

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Dahshur

A small hidden gem amongst Ancient Egyptian sites, Dahshur is much quieter than Giza but still offers some great things to see, notably the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.

Dahshur was once home to eleven Ancient Egyptian pyramids, of which few have survived. However, for those wishing to view the Egypt’s pyramids in peace and quiet, Dahshur is the place to go. Unlike the more popular Giza and Saqqara, Dahshur has not become a tourist hotspot, despite its ancient attractions,... Read More

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Dendera

Dendera, near Luxor, contains the stunning Temple of Hathor and is a real gem amongst Ancient Egyptian ruins. Day-trips to the site run from many Luxor hotels.

The Dendera complex lies approximately 50 miles north of Luxor and contains some of the best preserved and most accessible ancient Egyptian ruins to be found in Egypt, including temples, tombs and even a Christian chapel. The most prominent site in the Dendera complex is the Ptolemaic-era Temple of Hathor. Dating... Read More

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Giza

Of all the Ancient Egypt sites, Giza’s pyramids are definitely the most renowned and include the world’s largest pyramid. This World Heritage site is also home to the Sphinx.

Giza or ‘Al Giza’ is a tourist hotspot and the site of some of Ancient Egypt’s most famous landmarks, including the largest pyramid on Earth. Giza is home to the pyramids of kings Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure. The largest pyramid in Giza, and in the world, belongs to the second king... Read More

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Hawara Pyramid

This now much eroded 19th century BC pyramid was once known as the “Labyrinth” for its intricate security measures.

The Hawara Pyramid was erected by the Twelfth Dynasty pharaoh, Amenemhat III, ruler of Ancient Egypt from around 1860 BC to 1814 BC and who also built the Black Pyramid at Dahshur. Once a formidable structure which was known as the “Labyrinth” for its elaborate security measures, the Hawara Pyramid was... Read More

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Karnak Temple

A sprawling complex with a wealth of Ancient Egyptian ruins, ancient temples and sanctuaries, the UNESCO-listed Karnak Temple is amongst the most remarkable of Ancient Egypt sites. One of its main highlights is the Temple of Amun-Ra.

The Karnak Temple, or rather the complex of temples of Karnak, in Luxor, Egypt is one of the most impressive of Ancient Egyptian sites and once formed part of the city of Thebes. Sprawling over two square kilometres, the site known as the Karnak Temple was built and expanded by a... Read More

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Kom Ombo Temple

The Kom Ombo Temple is a sacred Ptolemaic temple co-dedicated to the crocodile deity Sobek and to the falcon-headed Haroeris.

The Kom Ombo Temple is a sacred Ptolemaic temple co-dedicated to the crocodile deity Sobek and to the falcon-headed Haroeris. This dual-dedication is quite atypical and is - equally unusually - reflected in the symmetrical design of the Kom Ombo Temple. Built under Ptolemy VI of the Ptolemaic Dynasty... Read More

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Luxor Temple

Now a vast open air museum, the Luxor Temple was once part of Ancient Egypt’s city of Thebes. Built in the 14th century BC, this sacred site is still brimming with ancient treasures. An obelisk from the Luxor Temple can be found in Paris’s Place de la Concorde.

The Luxor Temple in the city of Luxor, Egypt was once a sacred temple built in honour of the deity Amun. Constructed in the 14th century BC by Amenhotep III, the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty, the Luxor Temple was part of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. Today, together with the... Read More

Medinet Madi Temple

Medinet Madi Temple is a 12th Dynasty Egyptian temple to the fierce crocodile deity, Sobek.

Medinet Madi Temple is an ancient Egyptian temple to the fierce crocodile deity, Sobek and his wife, Renenutet. At its peak, this temple would have been a place for breeding and nurturing sacred crocodiles in preparation for them to be mummified for sale to pilgrims. Said by some to... Read More

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Musee du Louvre

Musee du Louvre is a one of the world’s foremost art museums and contains many ancient egyptian artefacts.

Musee du Louvre, also known as, the Grand Louvre or just The Louvre, is one of the world’s foremost art museums, exhibiting over 35,000 works from around the globe and throughout history. The Louvre’s eight departments cover an extensive array of historical periods and artistic genres, each represented through the museum’s... Read More

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Museo Egizio di Torino

Turin’s Egyptian Museum is considered to contain one of the best collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world including three copies of the ancient Book of the Dead and a sculpture of Ramesses II.

Museo Egizio di Torino (Egyptian Museum of Turin) is a museum solely dedicated to Ancient Egypt. In fact, the only other museum with this single speciality is the Cairo Museum and Museo Egizio’s collection is considered one of the world’s finest. From pre-dynastic artefacts to mummies and ancient tombs such as... Read More

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Naples National Archeological Museum

The Naples National Archaeological Museum holds comprehensive collections from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian eras.

The Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) holds a comprehensive collection of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, including most of the pieces found in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Some of the most famous exhibits at the Naples National Archaeological Museum include mosaics from the Roman towns and cities... Read More

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a world-class museum of art containing a myriad of ancient works in Copenhagen including a collection of Ancient Egyptian art.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen in Denmark is a museum of art with a world-class collection of over 10,000 works from the ancient world. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was founded in 1888 by the brewer Carl Jacobsen - the man who made Carlsberg beer known worldwide. A new wing... Read More

Saqqara

Containing an impressive set of Ancient Egypt sites including eleven major pyramids built over a period of three thousand years, Saqqara is truly a marvel. Amongst its treasures, Saqqara number Egypt’s first ever pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser.

Saqqara was the burial place of the city of Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt founded in 3000 BC by Menes. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Saqqara is home to eleven major pyramids sprawled over six miles, including the first ever pyramid, known as the Step Pyramid and funerary complex... Read More

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Temple of Amun

A famous ancient temple in the western Egyptian desert, famously visited by Alexander the Great.

The remains of the famous Temple of Amun at Siwa represent what is left of one of the most famous oracles of the ancient world. In the western Egyptian desert near the Libyan border, a small Egyptian settlement dated to the time of the first dynasty was located at the... Read More

Temple of Horus

This beautifully preserved ancient temple took over 180 years to complete and was dedicated to the Egyptian deity of the pharaohs. This is one of the most popular of Ancient Egyptian sites.

The Temple of Horus, also known as the Edfu Temple, is an incredibly well-preserved monument to one of Ancient Egypt’s most important deities, Horus. Worshipped as the child of Isis and Osiris, Horus was depicted with the head - and often the body - of a falcon and was the... Read More

Temple of Taffeh

Temple of Taffeh, built by Roman Emperor Augustus in Egypt.

The Temple of Taffeh, was ordered to be built by Roman Emperor Augustus in Egypt, after his defeat of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. It was built between AD 1 and AD 14. The temple survived in good condition in Egypt for several centuries. However, due to the construction of the... Read More

The Debod Temple

Whereas most Ancient Egypt sites are to be found in Egypt, this second century BC Ptolemaic temple was moved to Madrid in the 60’s.

The Debod Temple (Templo de Debod) is an Ancient Egyptian temple in Madrid gifted to Spain in the 1960s. Originally built in Aswan by Kushite King Adikhalamani, the Debod Temple dates back to the second century BC and was added to over the centuries, including by some of the rulers... Read More

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a world renowned museum exhibiting works spanning eight thousand years.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the most famous art museums in the world, exhibiting pieces spanning over eight thousand years of history. From prehistoric art and that of the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to medieval works, Asian art and art of the Americas, the... Read More

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The Neues Museum

The Ancient Egypt collection at Berlin’s Neues Museum includes the bust of Nefertiti, the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten.

The Neues Museum in Berlin is part of Germany’s National Museum and, following a reconstruction project, is now the home of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History. Within the Neues Museum’s Ancient Egyptian collection, one of its most... Read More

The Serapeum

The Serapeum was a magnificent ancient temple and library complex in Alexandria of which little remains today.

The Serapeum in Alexandria was an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the Greco-Egyptian deity Serapis. Built by Ptolemy III in the third century BC, the Serapeum also housed an important library which may have served as an annex of the Great Library of Alexandria. In late... Read More

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Valley of the Kings

This incredible World Heritage site is the burial place of the Ancient Egypt’s kings. In fact, the Valley of the Kings houses the tombs of some of this period’s most iconic figures, including Amenhotep III, Ramses the Great and, of course, Tutankhamun.

The Valley of the Kings in Luxor in Egypt was once part of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. From the Eighteenth Dynasty to the Twentieth, the pharaohs of Egypt were buried in the Valley of the Kings. Today, visitors flock to see the myriad of ancient tombs cut into the... Read More

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Zawyet el Aryan Pyramids

Zawyet el Aryan contains the remains of two Egyptian pyramids, the Layer Pyramid and the Unfinished Pyramid. It is thought they were both built around 2700-2600BC.

The town of Zawyet el Aryan, near Giza in north-eastern Egypt contains the remains of two relatively obscure Egyptian pyramids – known as the Layer Pyramid and the Unfinished Pyramid. It is thought they were both built during the Third Dynasty, therefore putting construction sometime around 2700-2600BC. The Layer Pyramid is... Read More