Tuesday, November 13, 2012

3 Fun Geography Facts About Egypt

Where is Egypt?
Where are the pyramids?
Are the pyramids and tombs in the same place?

We answer your 3 most popular geography questions about Egypt. 
Read on to find the answers:

1. Where is Egypt?

Egypt is located below Europe, on the Northeast side of the African continent. The northern coast borders on the Mediterranean Sea. 

Image: World Map of Egypt

2. Where are the pyramids?

The pyramids are found in the North of Egypt, also known as Lower Egypt, below the Nile delta. This is the area where the Nile splits off into tributaries

  Image: Where are the pyramids?

3. Where is King Tut's tomb? 

image: 3 facts about Egypt
King Tut, also known as Pharaoh Tutankhamen, was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. This valley is in Southern Egypt, also known as Upper Egypt. On the map above, follow the Nile south and you'll see it on the left.

You can also see that near the Valley was a village called the Place of Truth. The craftsmen who built the tombs lived there. They kept detailed records of their daily lives, which can be read today. The remains of the village is still in existence. Locals call it Dier el Medina.

Read more about pyramids vs. tombs, and how they're different, in this earlier blog post.

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