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Interesting Facts of Egypt

There is so much to learn about Egypt, home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the 29th largest country in the world by area with more than 82 million inhabitants.

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Egypt is known primarily for its deserts, pyramids, and the Nile River, which is the 2nd longest river in the world running 4,135 miles. But there are so many other interesting things about ancient and modern Egypt, here are just some of them.

 

  • Ancient Egyptians needed to predict when the Nile would flood which led to them being the first people to have a year consisting of 365 days divided into 12 months. Based on the solar and lunar cycles. They also invented clocks.
  • The Statue of Liberty was intended for Egypt.
  • Aswan in the south of Egypt is the third sunniest place in the world with 3863 hours of sun each year, with Egypt on average only getting an inch of rain per year.
  • Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stones.
  • Hieroglyphs were developed about 3,000 B.C. and may have started as early wall paintings but were used only for ritual purposes and official inscriptions. In contrast to English’ 26 letters, there are more than 700 different Egyptian hieroglyphs
  • The lost Egyptian city of Heracleion was found after 1200 years under the sea.
  • The ancient Egyptians worshipped more than 1,400 different gods and goddesses, and every big city supported one favorite god. The most important god of all was Ra, the sun god.
  • Toilets were found in many ancient Egyptian tombs.
  • The tradition of exchanging wedding rings goes back to ancient Egyptian times.
  • Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
  • And killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.
  • The Persians, fully aware of the reverence that Egyptians paid to their felines, rounded up as many cats as they could find and set them loose on the battlefield.
  • In the Land of the Pharaohs of Egypt, beer was the national currency.
  • Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stones.

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