Myos Hormos Tour - Ancient Egypt in Your Holidays
Duration: Half Day
Boasting a rich history and a wealth of archeological treasures, a holiday in Egypt will reward you with a glimpse of some of the world’s most spectacular historical discoveries. This tour will enable you to explore the site of the ancient port of Myos Hormos, the principal gateway to India and East Africa during the Roman Empire.
Strategically located at the end of the shortest route from the River Nile to the Red Sea, Myos Hormos (the Roman name for Al-Quseir) was one of Egypt’s earliest and most important ports, and a site that holds great historical significance for archaeologists. The port was known as the White Harbour during the Ptolemaic period and was used to carry out important trade relations with foreign lands.
During the peak years of the Roman rule (around 20 AD), an average of 120 ships each year set sail from Myos Hormos to India to bring back all sorts of luxury goods such as spices, silk, medicines and pearls to Egypt, whilst exporting items such as wine, glass, fine pottery, textiles and precious metals.
One of the most famous expeditions was carried out in the 15th century BC by Queen Hatshepsut to the mysterious Land of Punt, also known as ‘Land of the God’. Here, ancient Egyptians sought and found many items that could not be found elsewhere, including incense known as antyu, as well as ivory, ebony, exotic animals, the skins of giraffes, panthers and cheetahs, and mortuary treasures that were used to adorn royal temples. The details of Queen Hatshepsut’s expedition have been recorded through wall reliefs at her legendary Temple of Deir el Bahari, which lies on the historic West Bank at Luxor.
Myos Hormos is believed to have been abandoned in the 2nd century AD, but during the 14th and 15th centuries the port sprang to life again when it become the main departing point for Islamic pilgrims bound to Mecca.
Archaeologists have only recently been able to identify the exact location of Myos Hormos, which lies just eight kilometers north of modern Al-Quseir. Today visitors can see the remains of this ancient port, which include foundations of the structures and numerous empty Roman storage jars (known as Amphorae) which have been scattered all over the terrain. Also other historical remains can be found at the wadi that links Al-Quseir with Qift on the Nile River.
This unique tour will give you a fascinating insight into Egyptian history through the centuries.
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