Giza and Saqqara, Egypt: World’s Biggest Locations 2023

After years of delay, the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza is lastly open. A 3,200-year-old, 36-foot-tall colossus of Ramesses the Nice towers beneath the skylights in GEM’s immense angular atrium. Flights to the brand new Sphinx Worldwide Airport, 40 minutes from GEM, started in November, and the museum is initially open below a “trial particular operations interval,” however all 12 exhibition halls will absolutely open later in 2023. The 5.2-million-square-foot museum on the outskirts of Cairo has views of the Nice Pyramid a mile away. GEM homes 100,000 artifacts, many moved from the jam-packed, century-old museum on Tahrir Sq. with some by no means earlier than seen by the general public. Two of GEM’s exhibition halls maintain virtually each certainly one of King Tut’s 5,000 treasures unearthed 100 years in the past.

Extra lately discovered artifacts are in GEM, too, together with antiquities from 14 miles south in Saqqara like the primary scroll discovery credited to an Egyptian, the 52-foot-long Waziri Papyrus. Vacationer buses cross by Saqqara’s energetic excavation websites—megatombs of animal and human mummies—once they go to the 4,700-year-old Step Pyramid of Djoser, known as the oldest pyramid, which was lately reopened after intensive restoration.

Select your Egypt tour fastidiously: all go to Giza however few cease in Saqqara. Trafalgar and Viking do, and Viking launches its new Nile ship, Viking Aton in August 2023.

{Photograph} by Jonathan Rashad for TIME

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