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Little Egypt: Journey Through History in Two Hours

Aya Nader | Daily News Egypt   in 
November 20, 2014

Cosmos Little Egypt is a village encompassing replicas of the country’s major tourist attractions, from Qaitbey Citadel in Alexandria, passing through Giza’s Pyramids and Sphinx, the Delta, Egypt’s waterways, the Red Sea mountains, and reaching the Luxor Temple in the south. It has educational facilities such as a panorama theatre and scientific labs.

The village takes up 190 feddans, cost approximately EGP 290m and is located in 6th of October City on the Fayoum road. The project is implemented and managed by the armed forces, and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. It was first built in 2007 and completed in 2011, but was never officially opened after successive political events since the 25 January Revolution.

The replicas are one-eighth the size of the real monuments. The exception is the globe, which holds up to 25 to 30 people. From the windows of the earth’s replica, one views a map of the earth engraved in the ground. From computers available inside, you could choose any place on the map and it would light up and emerge, with facts about the chosen area on screen. Only this feature is not working, and there only six computers. The water which was supposed to fill in place of oceans and sees was dried up.

There is a four story surveillance tower to view the whole village from above, but the telescopes at the top were no available for use. Neither were the scientific labs or fishing facilities.

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