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  • Address: Mit Rahina Village
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm (except during Ramadan)
  • Admission: Museum admission: 25 L.E.

The city of Memphis was the capital of ancient Egypt. It was the King's residence and the political and administrative center until around 2,200 BC. It had impressive fortifications and temples, largely to Ptah, the god of creation and artworks. Estimates of population vary from 6,000 to 30,000 but either way, it was one of the larger, if not the largest, cities of its era.

Archaeological digging in the area has uncovered a Temple of Ptah and sculptures, including a sphinx (smaller than the one at Giza but still impressive), and the Colossus of Ramses II. These are now housed in the outdoor Memphis Museum in Mit Rihina, the modern town in this area. In 1979, UNESCO designated the area a World Heritage Site.

Practical Info

The area where Memphis stood is located about 12 miles (20 km) south of Cairo where the Nile River divides to form its delta. The best way to get there is by organized tour or by hiring a private car and guide.

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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

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Duration: 6 - 8 hours

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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

See the classic sights of ancient Egypt on this private tour to the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Dahshur and Memphis with the luxury of your own qualified ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 - 8 hours

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Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo

View the pyramids and sites of early ancient Egypt on this enthralling half-day tour from Cairo. With an expert guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.00

Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Discover Memphis and Sakkara, two of Egypt's most important archaeological treasures. Sakkara is home to the oldest pyramid in Egypt, and Memphis was the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

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