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The Nile Cruise

Written by Andrew Muigai

Egypt is where history first emerged. It is here that we haverepparttar first pictographic record of events and persons. hieroglyphics,repparttar 146512 system of writing used by ancient Egyptians can be traced back to about 3200 BC. At about 3180 BCrepparttar 146513 nations of Upper and Lower Egypt were brought underrepparttar 146514 rule of a single king titled Pharaoh. The first Pharaoh is thought to have been Menes, who set his capital at Memphis, 22 km south of Giza in today's Cairo. The Pharaohs establishedrepparttar 146515 systems that brought forthrepparttar 146516 highly successful Egyptian civilization.

The history of Ancient Egypt lasted for about 3,000 years. Ancient Egypt declined, was overrun and thereafter ruled by foreign powers. The Greeks and Romans who ruled afterrepparttar 146517 decline were aware ofrepparttar 146518 great similarity between their own gods and those ofrepparttar 146519 Egyptians. They not only tolerated Egyptian religion, but also expanded existing temples and dedicated new ones to existing cults. Some ofrepparttar 146520 new overlords, Alexanderrepparttar 146521 Great for example, styled themselves as divine priest-kings in imitation ofrepparttar 146522 Pharaohs.

Emperor Theodosius, who reigned after Christianity becamerepparttar 146523 state religion in Rome, extinguishedrepparttar 146524 last remnants ofrepparttar 146525 living culture. The Egyptians worshipped hundreds of gods - a great offense againstrepparttar 146526 monotheistic religions; whose first article of faith is that there is only one God. Theodosius decreed in AD 391that all pagan temples inrepparttar 146527 Roman Empire be closed. The Arabs, who brought Islam to Egypt in 640 AD, also had no time for deities such as Anubisrepparttar 146528 jackal, Horusrepparttar 146529 falcon god or even Amonrepparttar 146530 king ofrepparttar 146531 gods.

Ancient Egypt was dead for one thousand five hundred years, untilrepparttar 146532 French came acrossrepparttar 146533 Rosetta Stone inrepparttar 146534 nineteenth century invasion of Egypt by Napoleon. This priceless discovery was inscribed in both Greek and Egyptian, and it wasrepparttar 146535 key that allowedrepparttar 146536 deciphering of Hieroglyphics by Jean-Francois Champollion in 1822. The voluminous literature produced by Ancient Egyptians was now accessible to curious scholars. This rekindled great interest in Ancient Egypt inrepparttar 146537 West that remains undiminished to this day.

Religion isrepparttar 146538 common theme running throughrepparttar 146539 attractions of ancient Egypt. The diversity of gods found worthy of worship is astounding. There were over 2,000 of them of either sex and they supposedly manifested themselves to earthlings as animals. There were overlaps andrepparttar 146540 same gods could be known with different names in various parts ofrepparttar 146541 country. There was hardly any part ofrepparttar 146542 life experience that was not assigned a deity- digestion, mummification, sexuality, feasting, childbirth, writing - you name it. Some gods came and went out of fashion, but those connected with basic aspects of life were enduring. Such deities had cults and temples dedicated to them.

The afterlife was taken very seriously, and a lot ofrepparttar 146543 monuments relate to preparation for that glorious time. Mortuary and burial preparation was so elaborate as to ensure a painless and enjoyable afterlife. The custom of mummification, for example, was seen as necessary forrepparttar 146544 soul needed a physical body to occupy inrepparttar 146545 other world. There was however great inequality in preparation for eternal life. The Pharaohs and other royals, nobles and key officials were mummified and accompanied by grave goods and great treasure. The common folk who could not affordrepparttar 146546 full treatment had to do with statuettes of mummies.

The main draw to Egypt isrepparttar 146547 legacy ofrepparttar 146548 Pharaohs andrepparttar 146549 Greeks and Romans who ruled after them. Basically this legacy is associated with temples, tombs and burial places. People in Egypt fromrepparttar 146550 earliest times to present have always lived alongrepparttar 146551 River Nile and this is where you findrepparttar 146552 richest harvest of ancient monuments. As many travelers will testify,repparttar 146553 best way to experience classical Egypt is by taking a Nile cruise. The cruise is a very pleasant and relaxing way to get close torepparttar 146554 attractions of antiquity, most of which are not far off fromrepparttar 146555 banks ofrepparttar 146556 river. You also get a glimpse of rural Egypt where many eke out a living just as their forbearers did thousands of years ago.

The typical Nile cruiser is really a floating hotel. Amenities on board will include lounges, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, discotheque and shops. The rooms are rather smaller than those of a land based hotels but will have air conditioning, TV and enough room for twin beds, private shower, nightstand and dresser. The quality of cruisers varies and they are graded with stars just like hotels. Top end cruisers have spacious suites and amenities almost equal to those of ocean cruisers. Generally,repparttar 146557 quality and romance of Nile cruisers surpasses other riverboats anywhere else inrepparttar 146558 world.

Nile cruises normally take three, four or seven nights. You will be able to seerepparttar 146559 most important and interesting monuments onrepparttar 146560 shorter and more popular cruises that ply between Luxor and Aswan. The longer sail takes you up to Dendera. The boats sail both downstream and upstream and onrepparttar 146561 shorter cruises, you can embark at either Aswan or Luxor. The more adventurous travelers or those on a tight budget avoidrepparttar 146562 luxury cruisers in favour of fellucas-repparttar 146563 traditional Nile sailboats. Though amenities onboard fellucas are very basic, those who can survive them, visit allrepparttar 146564 attractions alongrepparttar 146565 Nile at a fraction ofrepparttar 146566 cost ofrepparttar 146567 cruisers.

At Aswan,repparttar 146568 Nile is deep, calm and is at its most glorious. It is a good place to embark on your Nile cruise. Aswan was for long Egypt's southern frontier city and its gateway to Africa. This wasrepparttar 146569 region known as Upper Egypt, being upstream ofrepparttar 146570 Nile. After Aswan,repparttar 146571 Nile passes through a section of hard rock, resulting in rapids or cataracts. Thus by nature did Aswan attain its strategic position and it has served as a garrison town for those who have ruled Egypt overrepparttar 146572 centuries. And for this reason, there are monuments here associated withrepparttar 146573 Pharaohs, Greeks, Romans, Christian Copts and Islam.

At Aswan, make sure to visitrepparttar 146574 Philae Temple. Ptolemy II startedrepparttar 146575 temple whenrepparttar 146576 Greeks ruled, andrepparttar 146577 Romans completed it. It was dedicated torepparttar 146578 goddess Isis, an important figure in Egyptian mythology that was worshipped acrossrepparttar 146579 Roman Empire. Even after Emperor Theodosius ordered all pagan temples to cease operations, Isis was still being glorified at Philae, until about AD 550 when Emperor Justinian finally shut downrepparttar 146580 temple. The early Christians convertedrepparttar 146581 temple's hypostyle hall into a chapel. For good measure, they defaced some ofrepparttar 146582 pagan reliefs adorning its walls.

The temple forms an excellent backdrop forrepparttar 146583 nightly sound-and-light show. The temple was nearly lost afterrepparttar 146584 Aswan High Dam was commissioned inrepparttar 146585 1960's. It took UNESCO andrepparttar 146586 Egyptian government ten years to move it, one stone at a time, to higher ground on Agilka Island. Most people also visit Elephantine Island, which has temples and a museum. The Island has been inhabited since about 3000 BC and was an important trading and cultural centre.

Aswan is home ofrepparttar 146587 Nubians, a dark skinned people, related torepparttar 146588 people ofrepparttar 146589 north ofrepparttar 146590 Sudan. You can see some Nubian villages at Elephantine Island. The Nubian museum celebrates Nubian culture right from prehistoric times. Aswan was once an important centre for Christian Copts. You can seerepparttar 146591 ruins ofrepparttar 146592 once majestic Monastery of St Simeon, which was destroyed byrepparttar 146593 conqueror Saladin (Salah ad-Din) in 1173 AD.

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