Egypt is home to incredible ancient sites – including the pyramids – that were built during its influential dynasties. These are the top ancient sites to visit in Egypt as ranked by 1.75 million users of the Visited travel app. Egypt is currently in the 25th spot as most visited country in the world. Each landmark is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see more top travel rankings, browse and save dream destinations, set travel goals, and optimize your travel plans using the Visited app.
1. The Giza Pyramids were built during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the complex consists of the Great Pyramid, Pyramid Khafre, Pyramid Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx.
2. The Valley of the Kings faces modern-day Luxor and was built from the 16th to 11th centuries BC. The temple features detailed hieroglyphics and 65 tombs and chambers that served as the burial ground for New Kingdom period pharaohs.
3. Luxor Temple was also constructed during the New Kingdom period in dedication to the sun god Amun-Ra. The grand site was an important religious and political center with towering statutes and intricate hieroglyphics.
4. The Temple of Karnak is one of the world’s largest religious temples. The temple was enhanced by pharaohs over two millennia by the additions of Hypostyle Hall, the obelisk of Hatshepsut, and sanctuaries.
5. The Abu Simbel temples were built by Pharaoh Ramesses II to honor his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The two rock-cut temples’ ornate facade features four mammoth statues of Ramses II seated at the entrance.
6. The Temple of Dendera is dedicated to the goddess Hathor and stretches across 40,000 square meters. Constructed during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, it features well-preserved wall reliefs, the Roman Kiosk, and a massive astronomical ceiling.
7. The Temple of Philae is perched on Aglika Island along the Nile River. The temple complex was a dedication to the goddess Isis and melded Egyptian and Greco-Roman architectural elements.
8. The Temple of Kom Ombo is a unique dual-temple complex in Kom Ombo dedicated to two deities: Sobek and Horus. Built during the Ptolemaic era, the identically-designed temples feature entrance halls, chambers, and courtyards.
9. The Temple of Edfu was constructed during the Ptolemaic era and is the largest temple dedicated to Horus and Hathor of Dendera. Its beautifully carved wall reliefs depict ancient Egyptian religious rituals.
10. Memphis and Its Necropolis, founded by King Menes in 3100 BC, is a collection of pyramids and interment complexes traversing 30 kilometers of the Western Desert plateau. The complex is home to the Giza Plateau, the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and Saqqara.