Memphis City

 

Memphis city

Memphis City is located 20 KM south of Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile River, During the Old Kingdom, it served as the nation's capital and it held the kings' primary residence. The end of the Old Kingdom by no means meant the end of Memphis as one of the most important cities in Egypt. Now the current cities (Mit Rahina, Dahshur, Saqqara, Abusir, Abu Gorab, and Zawyet el Aryan), were in the borders of ancient Memphis.

Memphis City was founded by the pharaoh Menes around 3000 BC, Memphis remained the political and administrative center of Lower- and Middle-Egypt, Quite to the contrary! Memphis remained the political and administrative center of Lower- and Middle-Egypt. This importance was recognized even by the Theban kings of the 18th Dynasty. Thutmosis III and Amenhotep II often held residence at Memphis and to be accepted as a king of Egypt, one needed to be crowned at Memphis.


The open air museum at Memphis City:

Scout around the most gleaming finds of Memphis museum which is one of the places that you must visit when you are in Egypt, it had many fine temples, palaces and gardens, The statue of Ramses II weighs about 29 tons, his feet and calves are missing, the statue is carved from one block, as Ramses was a great builder, specially building temples, he was believed to be the best pharaoh in Egypt.