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Memphis

Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #38 of 151 attractions in Cairo
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt during the Middle Kingdom.  It is believed that the Nile at one time flowed closer to this site, but changed... more »
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Belgrade, Serbia
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180 reviews 180 reviews
157 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

After the part of our holiday spent in the Hotel Hurghada, and had been viewing all the most important historical sites in the valley of the River Nile, nearly at the same geographical latitude as the Hurghada town on the shore of the Red Sea, we carried on, up north to the Cairo, the capital of the modern Egypt. The... More

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portland, or
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

There are some nice things here, injcluding the alabaster sphinx and a giant Ramses II status. THis was the first site we went to in Egypt, which was probably a good thing since Saqqara and Giza blew it away. This is a bit out of the way and the traffic is horrendous. it took us almost an hour to get... More

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Memphis Museum. The large statue of Ramses II was Great. with many medium and small statues. you can buy souvenirs.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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78 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Our drive out to Memphis to say the least was an interesting journey! We went to the Museum there and we were the only tourists again. We found the history interesting and was told it was where it all started. There are a few statues there but the most interesting was the large statue of Ramses II. We still got... More

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Harrogate
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175 reviews 175 reviews
43 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Yes been there done that worn the t shirt!!! Considering it was the capital of egypt once very little to see or visit ... Great statue but not a lot else!!!!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Open air museum, worth visiting, on the way to Cairo, after a visit to Saqqara. I liked everything, especially that it was my enesimal time, so I was tired and dozed in the car...while my colleagues went in...

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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109 attraction reviews
352 helpful votes 352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I suggest to do this in a combi with Saqqara. The history of memphis is interesting - the museum itself is not really interesting. few sticks and stones put in line where the temple once stood. mainattraction must be the Sphinx and the huge Ramses II statue. dont make it your first choice but in a combi with saqqara I... More

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Warrington,England
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This place was the capital of ancient Egypt for long time. When you visit it now you will be astonished by the huge statue of Rameses, where the Egyptian artists with very primitive instruments could create from a large block of stone a statue with very perfect details. You will also see the alabaster sphinx, another statue of Rameses and... More

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Dubai
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

At Memphis, one can view a few pieces of statuary, sarcophagi, and other artifacts (less than 50 pieces in total). The large partial statue of Rameses II is impressive because of its size (would be 20+ meters in length if legs were intact). While some items are interesting, this is not an A-list site in greater Cairo. For Pharaonic history,... More

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27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

A small open air museum about 1/2 hour outside Cairo. The biggest plus is you do not get hastled by the stall holders. As anyone who has been to Egypt knows this is almost unheard of. It is worth buying from them just for their good manners The two big attractions are the Statue of Rameses II and the Alabaster... More

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