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    Picture of the Great Pyramids of Egypts. The largests one is the Khufu Pyramid also known as "Cheops"
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    Giza's great pyramids are the most famous pyramids in the world, and its site attracts millions of tourists every year. These Egyptian pyramids offer a mix of ancient history and grandeur that is unparalleled on earth. Some of these constructions date back as far as around 3,000 B ...

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    Picture of a safari tour in the Serengeti.
    The word 'Serengeti' comes from a Masai word meaning 'the place where the land runs on forever, and a Serengeti safari will reveal to you exactly the meaning behind this turn of phrase. The Serengeti plains seem to go on forever, and you will experience a sense of eternity and space as you travel through the plains in search of some of the incredible wild animals that still grace these beautiful plains ...

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    A general view of Tumbuktu in 1858 illustration.
    When you say Timbuktu, what comes to mind is a place in the far reaches of the world. Some even think that Timbuktu is somewhat of a legend and not an actual, historical place. True enough, it has remained a mystery to the western world until the early 1800s ...

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    An aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous mountains in the world. This volcanic mountain has three cones that have been known for their volcanic eruptions in the past. The names of these three volcanic cones of Mount Kilimanjaro are Shira, Mawensi and Kibo ...

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    The Roman arch near the forum of ancient Djamila in Algeria.
    The roman ruins of Djémila showcase unique ancient Roman architectural styles that date back to the construction of the original city in the first century A.D. At the time, the Romans needed to adapt the city's construction within a particular mountain landscape. The nicely-preserved ruins contain ancient houses, a theatre some temples and a fabulous arch near its forum ...

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    A stone and arches street in the Casbah of Algiers.
    The Kasbah of Algiers was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 16th session of the Committee in December 1992. It is commonly referred to as the area comprising the Kasbah proper (fortress) and all the old city of El-Jazair located between this fort and the seaside ...

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    The Monument of the Martyr, "Maqam Echahid", in Algiers.
    The Maqam Echahid, or Martyr's Memorial, is a monument in Algiers dedicated to the memory of the Algerian War of Independence. ...

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    Picture of the Lghouat museum in the northern Sahara region of Algeria.
    This beautiful 1900-built church, then a cathedral, became a museum that was eventually closed then re-opened in 2004. The museum is about the history of the northern Saharan region of Algeria.  The building structure has a special architecture that is typical of the region ...

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    The exterior of the Karnak Temple in Luxor.
    The religious complex of Karnak - called Karnak Temple or simply Karnak - comprises a vast complex of temple ruins, chapels, pylons, and other buildings located north of Thebes, now the city of Luxor, in Egypt, on the east bank of the Nile. The Karnak complex, rebuilt and developed over more than 2,000 years by successive pharaohs from Sesostris I to the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period, covers more than two square kilometers and consists of three enclosures ...

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    The interior of the tomb of Ramses V and VI.
    The Valley of the Kings is a region of Egypt located on the western bank of the Nile near Thebes (now Luxor). The valley is formed by a fault in the Libyan chain that leads into the Nile Valley. Its Arabic name (وادي بيبان الملوك / wādī bībān al-mulūk) means 'valley of the two gates of the kings', referring to the gates that once closed the tombs ...

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    Statues in front of an Abu Simbel temple.
    The Abu Simbel Temples are two ancient Egyptian rock-cut temples located near Abu Simbel (Arabic أبو سمبل), in southern Egypt, north of Lake Nasser on the Nile River, about 70 kilometers from the Second Cataract. Built by Pharaoh Ramses II (19th Dynasty) around 1260 BC to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Qadesh, they were intended for his worship as well as that of Egyptian gods and his wife Nefertari ...

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    A small part of the Siwa Oasis in Egypt.
    Siwa (in Arabic: واحة سيوة ) is an oasis in western Egypt, close to the Libyan border and 560 km from Cairo. It is the northernmost of the Egyptian groundwater oases, 300 km from the Mediterranean coast at Marsa Matrouh. Populated by nearly 33,000 inhabitants, it is known to have been occupied since ancient times ...

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    The Monastery of St. Catherine at the feet of Mt. Sinai.
    The Monastery of St Catherine of Sinai is an important Orthodox monastery located on the hillside of Mount St Catherine in the southern Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. Located at an altitude of 1,570m, it is one of the oldest monasteries in the world still in operation. Its grounds (enclosure and adjoining gardens) constitute the Orthodox Archdiocese of Sinai, canonically linked to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem ...

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    The temple of Seti within the Great Temple of Abydos complex.
    The Great Temple of Abydos, also known as the Funerary Temple of Seti I,  is a temple-cenotaph built during the New Kingdom at Abydos in Upper Egypt by the rulers Seti I and Rameses II of Dynasty 19. Completed by the nearby Osireion, the temple acts as a monumental ex-voto intended to attract the benevolent attention of Osiris, the god of regeneration and the ruler of the afterlife, to the deceased king ...

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    Some tombs and Djoser Pyramid at the Saqqara archeological complex.
    Saqqara (or Saqqara or Sakkarah, Arabic: سقارة [saqâra]) is a vast necropolis in the Memphis region. It has been occupied continuously throughout the history of ancient Egypt, and as a result, royal tombs and smaller burials are found side by side, providing numerous testimonies of daily life in ancient Egypt ...

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