Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Mysterious… exceptionally colossal… surprisingly geometrically impeccable!

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An ancient structure that stands the test of time, being the oldest on the list of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one left standing fully intact. A UNESCO Worl Heritage Site that has a lot of interesting myths and stories. It is arguably on every traveler’s bucket list who loves history with countless astonishing existing evidence and documentation.
Growing up, I remember seeing in books, magazines, television, and movies the silhouette of the pyramids of Egypt. My curiosity grew when we studied Egypt at school. I knew from that day on, I wanted to travel and see the world.
My previous attempts to travel in Egypt was not successful due to security reason during the Arab spring. This time despite all the apprehensions around it, and even the security at the moment are quite tight, I decided to head there anyway. The weather is pleasant… not cold, not hot… just perfect! I would never give Egypt a miss, this country is just full of unbelievable ancient structures with stories to tell.

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I was totally blown away with this massive formation of an estimated 2.3 million blocks made out of granite and limestone, each weighing two and a half tons.

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The “Great Pyramid of Giza” (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) will welcome you upon entering the Giza Pyramid Complex. It is the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids, originally 146.7 meters (481 ft) in height. As of now, it is approximately 138.8 meters (455 ft) in height.

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Though it was bedraggled as time passed by, and compared to modern day sky scrappers, it was just a diminutive structure. But for the record, The Great Pyramid of Giza remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.

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I was preoccupied admiring the grandeur of the pyramid that I almost did not notice that the area was actually full of locals selling souvenirs and tourists, travelers snapping pictures at every angle of the famous triangular structure of ancient time. I was speechless that I was finally there in front of an ancient wonder.

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The setting is just splendid in the middle of the dusty and mystic desert of Egypt. All eyes seem fascinated with the pyramids standing at the middle of the desert bragging how mysteriously they survived thousands of years to be there at this very moment standing tall and intact.
Extraordinary beyond belief!

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Truly, to see the pyramid is amazing… touching it is unbelievable… climbing it is exciting… and to get inside is such a crazy exhilarating experience!

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To enter the great pyramid is not free. A separate entrance fee should be purchased at the entrance of the pyramid complex. The Great Pyramid has very little open space inside its hulking mass. Inside was a very narrow path where you can walk, climb and most of the time bend and crawl. Reached the King’s Chamber through a very tight ascending passageway, past the Queen’s Chamber (a misnomer), and then through a taller corbelled passageway called the Grand Gallery. It’s kinda difficult to go up and down because they don’t control the number of people who go in and out… it was crowded, hot, a bit eerie and totally insane! It’s a once in a lifetime experience anyway haha!

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At the end of it all, you’ll find the “Sarcophagus” in the King’s Chamber. There was nothing in the middle except thick granite sarcophagus which is the burial place of King Khufu. Space would have been very austere, as Egyptians only began decorating burial chambers with hieroglyphic texts in later pyramids.
Within the pyramids complex, there is a certain place where you can have a panoramic view of the three prominent pyramids. You can ride a camel, horse or hike the desert. I took the camel ride for the reason of experiencing the ride itself and to have that dream photo riding a camel with the background of the pyramids of Egypt. It was awesome!

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Another iconic ancient structure of Giza Plateau that stands guard over the pyramid and has been a source of mystery and wonder throughout the ages in “The Great Spinx.” A mythical creature with a lion’s body and the head of a pharaoh. It is said to be the largest and oldest monolith statue in the world made out of limestone, standing 73.5 meters long, 19.3 meters wide, and 20.22 meters high. It was built during the reign of King Khafre and most likely it depicts his face.

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Within the Giza complex, adjacent to the Great Pyramid is the “Khufu Boat Museum.” This unseemly looking building straddles the great pit where they found in 1954 a disassembled boat believed was built in 2500 BC and was buried when King Khufu died. The boat itself was impressive. I just can’t imagine how a boat made out of wood buried in the sand for thousands of years was able to stand the test of time. Unbelievable!

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Not far from the Great Pyramid of Giz is the “Step Pyramid of Saqqara” also known as “Djoser’s Pyramid.” It was built in 27th century BC, said to be 2,000 years older than the pyramids of Giza. Designed as a tomb of King Djoser, the founder of the 3rd dynasty (2630 BC). This is the first and earliest stone built structure in the world and a glorious monument not only to a powerful pharaoh but to his brilliant chief minister and architect, Imhotep.

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Though my expectation is high, Giza is a bit disappointing. Maybe I was expecting a well developed and clean area since it is a major tourist destination. However, my disappointment faded when I decided to stay in one of the small family owned bed and breakfast inn within the vicinity of the Pyramids of Giza.

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Nothing is grander than a room with an iconic ancient wonder as a view! I’m lost for words… it’s absolutely mind-blowing! A dream come true!

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There is no other hotel that is truly at the center to see the three pyramids perfectly aligned. Excellent location with a superb view of an ancient structure right before your eyes. Just awesome! The owner/manager and his employees are truly hands-on in everything I need. I highly recommend that everyone should consider staying in “Egypt Pyramids Inn.” It’s cheaper and the view is priceless. Imagine yourself waking up with a view of the pyramid and not to mention having breakfast, lunch or dinner in front of this famous iconic landmark. It was a perfect property, in a perfect location. One of my best choices for accommodation ever!

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Staying in this hotel gives you access to watch the “Sound & Light Show at Giza,” at your window room or at the roof deck without paying for the entrance fee haha! It’s an enchanting experience listening to the ancient history of pyramids during the show.

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And the sunset is spectacular!

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There’s a lot of great cities and places around the world that is so beautiful not to visit, but there are very few that is truly authentic. The pyramids of Giza in Egypt is one of those that truly gave me a profound impact that is so evident in how I feel upon seeing the pyramids. It felt so right being there where history is everywhere.
Seeing Egypt as a whole with its remarkable ancient structures, delicate hieroglyphics, and awe-inspiring pyramids is unlike anything you will experience.
Shokran jazillan Egypt!

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