Egypt is one of the most tourist friendly nations in the world. I like to share 10 things you didn’t know about the Great Egyptian River Nile.
The Great Egyptian River Nile as of today. Introducing the
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- It is situated in one of the most visited heritage ground.
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Where is the Great Egyptian River Nile situated?
The Great Egyptian River Nile is a major river which flows northwards into the the Mediterranean Sea in northeastern Africa. The Great Egyptian river Nile is called the Great Egyptian Nile because it is considered to be the longest river in the Africa.
Where does the Great Egyptian River Nile Flow?
The Great Egyptian river Nile originates from lake Victoria which is situated in the border of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It flows from south to north of Africa finally joining the Mediterranean Sea.
It happens to be the longest river in Africa, second largest in the world . It is a fresh water lake which finally merges with the Mediterranean sea covering an area of6,600 kilometers long.
It passes through Kenya, Eritrea, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Image of the Great Egyptian River Nile as of today.
Ancient Egypt and Nile History
The Great Egyptian River Nile has three main branches – the White Nile, the Blue Nile, and the Atbara river. The white Nile flows from the origin is Lake Victoria and Lake Albert.
The Blue Nile brings about flood annually thus bringing in most of the river water and silt at the banks.
The Atbara river has less of an impact, as it flows only occasionally.
The ancient Egyptian history has a long association with the River Nile hence they fondly refer it as the Great Egyptian River Nile. Ancient Egyptian historical sites like Cairo (also the capital of Egypt) and Luxor both are located at the banks of the Great Egyptian River Nile.
The Great Egyptian River Nile had deserts on it eastern and western side while it had mountains towards the southern side.
Its truly amazing to know that the Great Egyptian River Nile is shaped as a Lotus flower.
Lotus is the symbol of ancient Egyptian art.
The Great Egyptian River Nile has not only been the principal source of irrigation for the ancient Egyptians, but also a major cause for floods. Despite the floods the river brings in black,rich fertile soil which the Egyptians fondly call it the Gift of the Nile.
The Great Egyptian River Nile is also the principal source of transportation and trade. As of today they continue this mode of transportation for transporting goods between Egypt and Sudan.
The ancient Egyptians grew the papyrus weed along the banks of the Great Egyptian River Nile, it was used for making paper.
The ancient Egyptians cultivated cotton and food grains on the fertile soil situated at the banks of the Great Egyptian
It can rightfully said had it not been for the Great Egyptian River Nile, Egypt would have been a barren desert just like the rest of Africa.
As we have discussed above how the Great Egyptian River Nile has been important to the Egyptians thus making the ancient Egyptians one of the most accomplished ancient civilizations.
Hapi was considered as the Nile God and was worshipped and honored for bringing fertility to the desert land.
The Nile River Delta
The Great Egyptian Nile as we know does not flow from Egypt alone. It spreads vastly an area of 1,293,000miles. Due to its vast size is experiences various climatic changes. Towards the North ie Egypt and Sudan receives very scarce rainfall. Whereas as we go down south towards Ethiopia it receives heavy rainfall due to which the flood waters flow downstream bringing in fertile soil.
The Nile river delta is home to various animals ranging from Crocodiles, turtles, baboons and 300 species of birds.
The Nile valley Sunbird is the most famous.
10 Facts about Egypt:
- The Aswan Dam was built in 1970 on the Great Egyptian River Nile to control the floods.
- The Ancient Egyptians were the first ones to record the Changes in Days and Nights.
- The northern edge of Lake Victoria has water pouring over a waterfall, known as the Ripon falls. Some believe River Nile begins from here.
- Most of the Ancient monuments and pyramids were actually tombs built for Pharoahs (the rulers of Egypt).
- The Nile River is measured from the Kagera River, a tributary of Lake Victoria.
- The Ancient Egyptians strongly believed in afterlife. Hence they believed in preserving the dead Pharoah’s body using the process of mummification, they believed by doing so their soul would live on for ever.
- The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. This incredible manmade marvel weighs as much as 16 Empire State buildings.
- The period between June and September is known as ‘akhet’ or inundation by the Egyptians, because of the flooding of the River Nile during that time.
- Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 Gods! They had Gods for everything which ranged from dangers to daily chores. Each God had different responsibilities and needed to be venerated to keep a balance in life. Wonder what they would have done had they discovered Netflix back then.
- The Ancient Egyptians invented lots of things which we still use today, such as paper, pens, locks and keys and toothpaste.