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Fun Facts About Egypt

Much of what we know and love about Egypt hails from its astonishing ancient era accomplishments, in which it was a leading civilisation that produced amazing art, architecture and legends.


However, as more of us make our way to Egypt to partake in the splendours of the Red Sea and the hospitality of places like Sharm el Sheikh, the wonders of this country are as compelling today as they were in the past.


However, as more of us make our way to Egypt to partake in the splendours of the Red Sea and the hospitality of places like Sharm el Sheikh, the wonders of this country are as compelling today as they were in the past.


Rainfall in Egypt is rare

You may think this is a no-brainer, but Egypt's little rainfall is actually pretty astonishing.

On average, this desert climate sees less than an inch of rain each year, so if you're looking for a toasty destination for your next holiday, you can't go wrong with this sun-filled hotspot.

This also makes Egypt's modernity and progress all the more astonishing. Rainfall is a nourishing part of the natural cycle, yet Egypt has managed to stand as one of the world's most defining destinations on the strength of its own agricultural ingenuity.

Egypt's pyramids are the second largest on earth

Yes, you read that correctly. In terms of acreage and volume, the Great Cholula Pyramid of Mexico covers almost 40 acres, in contrast to the Great Pyramid of Giza's 12 acres. The Great Cholula also has a volume of 4.3 million cubic yards, while the Great Pyramid has a volume of 3.3 million yards.

Of course, that's not to detract from the myth and lore of Egypt's pyramids, which are still one of the earth's most mysterious marvels. Furthermore, Mexico's Aztec Cholula Pyramid was built around 100 AD, so it is pretty modern when compared to Egypt's pyramids.


Egypt's ingenuity led to the Age of Exploration

As much as 2,200 years ago, the great mind of Eratosthenes successfully calculated the angle of the earth's tilt, as well as the circumference of the entire planet.

Although a citizen of ancient Greece, he was invited by Pharaoh Ptolemy III Euergetes to work and reside in Egypt, in the magnificent library of Alexandria. It was here that Eratosthenes calculated the earth's size, which still amazes historians with its accuracy today.

Fast forward a few centuries and Christopher Columbus used the works of Eratosthenes as part of his voyage plans, and that same knowledge empowered the discovery of the Caribbean, America and plenty more.

Egypt is still a hotbed of learning

The library of Alexandria is a great example of this. Although it is a huge part of Eratosthenes' life story and plenty more, it's still putting together knowledge for future generations.

It's doing so by recording and archiving the internet. That means every web page put live since 1996 has been replicated and stored in Alexandria's library, making it a staggering record of our civilisation.

Either way, Egypt is as forward-thinking today as it was in the ancient era. The vast majority of Arabic TV and media is created in Egypt, and in the city of 6th of October – a name which refers to the military victory on this date in 1973.

Fascinating and diverse, Egypt is a destination that has to be experienced for yourself, and over the years it has evolved into one of the world's most enchanting destinations.

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