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Photo Samples, Egypt

 

Few places on Earth provide a history which is even remotely comparable to Egypt. All along the Nile, it's possible to take your soul back in time, to the ancient days of the Pharaoes, enough to make any camera happy. The downside, of course, are the zillions of tourists surrounding the Abu Simbel and Luxor temples, however, with a little effort, it's possible to get it all to yourself.

As always, all photos are, of course © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

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The grave mask of Tut Ankh Amon must rank as one of the most important archeological finds since the Stone Age. "Beautiful" is a very modest word for this gold mask, found along with hundreds of other relics by Howard Carter, about 80 years ago. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Most famous of all ancient relics: The Pyramids of Giza in western Cairo, Egypt. The front one is Chephren's Pyramid, while the back one (1½ metre taller!) is the one of Cheops, Chephren's father. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the incredibly annoying camel drivers of Giza; Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Just as old as The Pyramids, the purpose of The Sphinx is still not known; Giza, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy Friday girls; Giza, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Water and Coke vendor; Giza, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The picture from the Pyramids you never see in the brochures! Just a few hundred meters east from the Sphinx, the crowded slums of Giza is threatening to get closer to the relics, threatening to engulf the ancient memorials of the Pharoes; Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy girl; Giza, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mohammad Ali Mosque; The Citadel, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Smoking a shisha at a small cafe seems to be the national sport in central Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

On a global scale, the cars of Cairo must rank as the worst one on the planet. A Cairo car never dies - at least not until the age of 50. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The old center, Islamic Cairo, is full of cosy shops and cafes and it's surprisingly easy to get away from the tourist flood. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Inspired by Monty Python, "The Holy Grail": "Bring out the bread!"; Islamic Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Food stall; Islamic Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Soup for the people; Islamic Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Copper smith in action; Islamic Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cairo is in shortage of useable land so lots of people are actually living on the cemetaries, among the mausolea. In central Cairo, two of these "Cities of the Dead" are found. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Part of Northern City of the dead; Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Happy inhabitants; Northern City of the dead, Cairo, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The famous "Hanging Church" in the Coptic part of town; Cairo Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Coptic carpets; Cairo Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Alexandria, second city of Egypt and almost completely deserted by the tourists. Consequently, it's an incredibly pleasant city without the floods of pestering merchants who have managed to transform Giza, Luxor and Aswan into severe tourist traps. This is the Corniche; Alexandria, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful vealed girls; Alexandria, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy woman in burqa; Alexandria, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The fort of Sultan Qatbay; Alexandria, Northern Egypt. In the walls, you can still see a few red granits stones from the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fisherman at the bank of the Nile; Ar-Rasheed; Northern Egypt. Rasheed is even less touristy than Alexandria and a true gem in an ocean of tourist traps. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Making frames for cases; Ar-Rasheed; Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Frying the fish; Ar-Rasheed; Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Playing dominoes at a cafe; Ar-Rasheed, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Great smile behind the veal; Ar-Rasheed, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy bakers; Ar-Rasheed, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Big smiles; Ar-Rasheed, Northern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Desert garbage on the way to Bahareiya; Central Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Outside the Bahareiya Oasis; Central Egyptian desert. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Salt lake; Bahareiya Oasis; Central Egyptian desert. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nosy camel; Bahareiya Oasis; Central Egyptian desert. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Egyptian roadblock; Bahareiya Oasis, Central Egyptian desert. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Overload doesn't seem to be an issue in Egypt; Bahareiya Oasis, Central Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Feluccas at the Nile; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Anglican church of Luxor / Theben, Egypt. Sadly, to remake the "Alley of Sphinxes" between the Luxor and Karnak Temples, the church will be torn down, and, due to Egypt's incredible lack of religious freedom, building a new one is illegal! © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Claimed to be the largest temple in the world, the Karnak Temple ranks as one of the most impressive buildings anywhere. The photo just shows a small part of the mighty temple. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The series of rams at the entrance of the Karnak Temple; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Pillar Hall; Karnak Temple; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Ramses II staue; Karnak Temple; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Luxor Temple at night; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Apart from all the temples and statues, the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor is just like any other countryside in the Middle East. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Harvesting the sugar cane; West Bank, Luxor, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Colossi of Memnon; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The most famous of all the Luwor temples on the west bank of the Nile is the Hatshepsut-temple (central Egypt). Sadly, this was the site of the killing of 26 German tourists, back in December 1997.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

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Statue from the Hatshepsut-temple, Luxor, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hatshepsut Temple; Luxor / Theben West Bank, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pillar Hall, Medinat Habu Temple (Ramses III); Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Details from the Ramesseum Temple (Ramses II); Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Well-preserved ancient painting from the Ramesseum Temple (Ramses II); Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Detail from the Temple of Seti I; Luxor / Theben, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Sunset at Luxor, central Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Crowded boats; Nile River, Egypt. All photos from a Nile cruise show the lonely boat of its way down the mighty river. Unfortunately, the truth is that more than 250 boats are operating in between Luxor and Aswan and going by boat is like biking in the morning traffic of a major city. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Edfu Temple entrance; Nile River, Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Horus statue guarding the entrance; Edfu Temple, Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Kom Ombo Temple; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

View across the Nile at Aswan; Southern Egypt. The horrible "pillar" on the island is the Möwenpick Hotel. © Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Happy people of the market; Aswan, Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Grains galore; Aswan, Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The "Kiosk"; Philae Temple; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Rock mural from the entrance; Philae Temple; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Preparing for the day at the Daraw Camel Market; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

How to transport two camels in one pick-up truck; Daraw Camel Market; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

"Cheers"; Daraw Camel Market, Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shisha smoking tea vendor; Daraw Camel Market; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Elderly camel salesman; Daraw Camel Market; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Abu Simbel at night; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

And at day-time; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Inside the main temple of Abu Simbel; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The second, less known Hathor Temple; Abu Simbel; Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The beautiful Lake Nasser of Southern Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Probably the smallest Nile perch in the whole Lake Nasser; Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Monastery of Saint Catherine, built at the foot of Mount Sinai from where Moses collected the Ten Commandments. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Walking in the footsteps of Moses, towards the top of Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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