10 Egyptian Landmarks That Aren’t Pyramids

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by: Marie Willsey
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The ancient pyramids are among the most astonishing structures in the world.
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The lure of ancient history and culture beckons thousands of visitors to Egypt every year, and they rarely leave disappointed. The country houses some of the world's most amazing engineering and architectural marvels. You'll wonder how these supersized monuments could have been built more than 5,000 years ago.

Just to name one example, the Pyramids of Giza are a must-see. Located just outside of Cairo, the Giza Plateau features the father-son-grandson trio of the pyramids of Khafu, Khafre and Menkaure, while smaller pyramids belonging to their female relatives surround them, along with the mastabas (trapezoidal tombs) of their relatives. The Great Sphinx -- the massive lion/human hybrid that guards Khafre's Pyramid -- is also a legendary landmark.

Beyond the Great Pyramids, what else should a visitor see on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this diverse country that's rich with culture and character? Make sure these 10 Egyptian non-pyramid landmarks find a spot on your itinerary.

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