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. 

Egypt's north coast borders on the Mediterranean Sea. The country's modern day east coast is situated along the Red Sea and the Suez Canal and shares a border with the Palestinean Territories, Israel, and Jordan. Egypt's south coast shares a border with Sudan, and the west coast shares a border with Libya.

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. There you'll find necropolis of Saqqara with Djoser's Step Pyramid (3rd dynasty) and the nearby Giza plateau, with the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Spinx, the pyramid of Khafre, and others.

The nearby town was called Memphis. During the Old Kingdom, Memphis was the capital of Egypt. The remains of Memphis are 12 miles from Egypt's current capital, the modern city of Cairo.

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3. Where is King Tut's tomb? 

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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.

The nearest town was called Thebes. Today it goes by the name Luxor.

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 are 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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