The Nile River
The Nile River is 4,258 miles long. It is located in Northeastern Africa, generally known as the longest river in the world. The Nile River shares its water source through eleven countries. The primary two countries are Egypt and Sudan. In Egypt, the Nile River creates a fertile green valley across the desert. It was by the banks of the river that one of the oldest civilizations in the world began.
Egyptians lived near the Nile because it provided water, food, transportation and excellent soil for growing food. Ancient Egypt could not have existed without the Nile River. Every year the great flood gifts Northeast Africa the water silt that brings life to the Sahara desert. The name “Nile” is from the Greek work “Neilos” which means river.
Egypt has lots of different landmarks. The Great Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the spirit of Egypt for thousands of years. It stands on the west bank of the Nile, in Giza, Egypt. The Egyptian Pyramids is also another famous landmark. They are located in Giza, Egypt in the south complex. The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped structures located in Egypt. The great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex bordering now El Giza, in Egypt. The great pyramid of Giza was built during Ancient Egypt, in 2560 B.C. The Corniche is a waterfront in Alexandria, Egypt that runs along the Eastern harbor. It is over 10 miles and ends by the Montaza Palace. It is one of the major passageways for traffic in Corniche. (Alexandria)
Religion in Egypt
Religion in Egypt controls many aspects of social life and approves by the law. Religion played a big part in the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Ancient Egyptians also believed in gods and goddesses. There were over 2,000 names of gods in ancient Egypt. The most worshiped goddesses were, Ra, the god of Sun and Radiance, Mut, the Mother goddess, Osiris, The king of Living, Thoth, the god of Knowledge and Wisdom, Sekhmet, The goddess of War and Healing, and Geb, The god of Earth. The myths about these gods were meant to explain the origins and behavior of the forces they represented. Ancient Egypt was a complex system of polytheism and acts which were all a basic part ancient Egyptian civilization.
Egyptian Fast Facts
– The Egyptian summer is hot and dry in most of the country, and humid by the Delta and along the Mediterranean Coast. Winter is mild with some rain, but usually it is bright, sunny days with cold nights.
– The official language of Egypt is Arabic but other languages such as English and French are also used.
– Egypt is a very dry country. The Sahara Desert and Libyan Desert make up most of Egypt.
– Mount Catherine is the highest mountain in Egypt, standing 8,625 feet, over 1 and a half miles high.
– The most popular sport in Egypt is football (soccer).
– The capital city is Cairo, which also has a large population.
– Common vegetables Egyptians ate were radishes, onions, garlic, turnips, beans, leeks, lentils, and lettuce.
– Common fruits were melons, plums, figs, grapes, raisins and dates. They ate fruit’s as desserts.
The Nile River