Ancient Egypt has been a crowd puller ever since Antiquity.
Roman emperors were lured across the Mediterranean by exotic tales of this foreign land, by then a Roman province. Highlights on the ancient tour were the Great Pyramids, the Serapeum of Memphis, the elaborate Labyrinth in the Faiyum, or the Memnonia on the West Bank at Thebes.
The Romans were soon hauling relics back home to decorate their cities. Today, most of ancient Rome has crumbled away, whilst the Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter's Square still stands proudly.
And maybe that's partly why we are still as fascinated today: the sheer permanence of it all. A tangible legacy that says 'we were here'.
To some the Egyptian culture is the drawcard - wise and refined. They feel that the Egyptians held an ancient wisdom, now lost, that we are trying to recapture.
Maybe its envy? Perhaps the Egyptians' unshakable reassurance of an afterlife resonates with those who are unsure of what might come next.
Then there is mystery. We still don't know for sure how the pyramids were built. And who isn't thrilled by the discoveries that emerge from the sands each digging season?
There is a lot to be fascinated by. Some folk like the art. Others are into hieroglyphs. There are the mummy fans and the tomb and temple crowd. Me? I like pyramids.
And with this surreal scene, Cairo-based digital artist, Ahmed Emad Eldin, seems to have captured the essence of the world's eternal fascination with ancient Egypt.
Ahmed was recently selected by software company Adobe as one of the world's 25 most phenomenal visual artists under the age of 25, and commissioned by the company to create an artwork that celebrates their 25th anniversary. He went for his country's most iconic structure, the Egyptian pyramid.
'I created this artwork with the concept of 25 pyramids which refers to 25 years of Photoshop, and the flying person here represents me.'
I also love the fact that Ahmed is self-taught; 'I learned from YouTube videos and free tutorials websites.'
Congratulations Ahmed. Nailed it.
Check out Ahmed's artwork and some behind-the-scenes shots here: www.behance.net/gallery/26921219/Adobe-Photoshop-25-Under-25
OK I also like hieroglyphs. And tombs. And the art.