The Great Pyramids of Egypt

by admin on August 19, 2013

The Great Pyramids of Egypt

 

For most people Egypt is a dream, the possible trip of a lifetime. There are many films and documentaries on TV that portray Egypt. The site most commonly recognized is the view of one of the 7 wonders of the world “the Great Pyramids of Egypt“.

the great pyramids of egypt

Like most people when I first thought of the Pyramids I thought of them out in the middle of the desert. In this modern day and age life has caught up and on one side of the Pyramids the city of Giza (or greater Cairo) is right up alongside the Pyramids’ Plateau. At one time the Nile used to flow right alongside this Plateau, and this was where the stones where transported to the site by boat. The Nile is now 8 kms away.

There is much to see at the Pyramids, besides the 3 large Pyramids there are numerous smaller ones of queens or mothers of the kings. Then there is the famous Sphinx, the body of a lion and the head of a Pharaoh. Napoleon supposedly shot off its nose.

the great pyramids of egypt

 

great pyramids of egypt

 

great pyramids of egypt

 

pyramids of egypt

 

pyramids of egypt

 

pyramids of egypt

 

pyramids of egypt

The Solar Bark museum is well worth a visit. In a stone pit besides the Pyramids a 4,000 year old plus wooden boat was found, placed lovingly in pieces to be reassembled after death by the servants (shapties) for the Pharaoh to sail into paradise. The boat or bark as they were called has been fully assembled as it would have been 4,000 years ago. Amazingly another pit has recently been found with another boat in it that in time will also be assembled.

You can enter two of the Pyramids. A smaller one that is rotated between two, and the large Pyramid of Kofu. The small Pyramid can be entered by anyone for a fee, but is very humid, crowded and claustrophobic and not for the faint of heart. Certainly for those that enter it is something to tell friends and relatives about. Of course these were tombs so they were not meant for the living to visit, but for the resting place of Pharoahs. The ceilings are low and you will have to bend to pass through at certain points until you reach the main chamber.

Entry to the large Pyramid of Kofu is restricted to a certain number each day. You have to arrive early to get in line for the two options, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These cannot be purchased in advance and require you to line up yourself with your passport.

For the best view go to the top of the plateau. Here you can ride a camel out behind the pyramids into the desert. Great for some wonderful views and pictures of the Pyramids. At the top of the Plateau you can pose as though touching the top of the Pyramid.

In the evenings, the Pyramids are turned into an array of lights as the story of the Pyramids is told during the sound and laser light shows. These shows are presented each evening and are rotated in various languages. Well worth a visit.

There are many other sacred sites to see around Cairo including Sakkara the site of the first step Pyramid, and the Red and Bent Pyramids, and of course a visit to Cairo would not be the same without a visit to the Egyptian Museum.

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