The Giza Necropolis ("Pyramids of Giza") is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. ... More
Pyramids of Giza
The Giza Necropolis ("Pyramids of Giza") is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. This complex of ancient monuments includes the three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids, the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers' village and an industrial complex. It is located some 9 km (5 mi) inland into the desert from the old town of Giza on the Nile, some 25 km (15 mi) southwest of Cairo city centre. The pyramids, which have always loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination, were popularised in Hellenistic times, when the Great Pyramid was listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence. Source: Wikipedia
i had the chance to go and i did...i rented a flat in Giza..and went to see the most breath taking things in my life....i was amazed at the size and way it was built..the pyrmids are beyond words..i felt so tiny at the base of them..how did they do that...there craftman ship unbelieveable..to see the history..not all of us do that...go to where it all began..i didnt have problem with the money..but i did feel pressure to buy things...i found people kind and nice...if anyone had a dream to see history go there..its like walking into yesterday..its like going to flea market..haggel the price.make a deal....they work hard to support there families..on little money.but i will never ever forget that trip as long as i live..the musuem..the river nile.pyrimids..cairo tower..all the shopes.....the nice people....want to go back again soon......
the whole experience & anticipation about seeing 5000 yrs of history came to an anti-climax with the totally unprofessional touting & overtly inflated prices for camel-horse backs. The govty should intervene to make the process more tourist friendly especially for non-arabic speakers. The tickets are inexplicably highly priced for foreigners. It is best to pay the price for the sound-light show & hear the history rather than venture out in the day-heat. Anyhow we ended up doing what most of the other tourists do too. Felt cheated about the visit to the pyramids & the price we paid.
This place was just totally awesome. You should really think about visiting it. The pyramid was huge. I looked like a midget when standing near it. I have never felt soo short in my life. It was a great experience and would love to do it again whenever I can.
The night before visiting the the pyramids, we stayed in the Le Meridien hotel (lovely hotel) that overlooks the Giza plateau, and from the hotel room had a view of the pyramids - at this stage, I simply saw the pyramids as a pile of rubble on the other side of the road; it wasn't until the following morning when our tour bus went to the plateau that you realise the scale of things. These megastructures are taller than one heck of a lot of buildings; to see the size and hear the statistics about how many football pitches could fit inside is mindblowing, and to realise that they didn't have tower cranes, they didn't have CAT trucks, and they didn't have electronic surveying equipment, and they still got these buildings 100% aligned and correct has put me in total awe of the site, which had an amazingly spiritual feel, even if there was a faint sniff of capitalisim in the air.
If you go to Cairo, you simply must take the trip over the Nile to visit the pyramids, it wouldn't be Egypt without it, and you need to see up close to truly believe what it takes to be a wonder of the world.
One word of caution at the plateau, EVERYTHING costs - taking a picture of a Bedouin or their camel will cost, even if they say it won't, you'll be accosted on the way back to your transport. You will be approached by a number of con-artists who will place cheap tat on any part of your body it will balance on, advising this is a free gift, only to demand payment on return to the bus - we were lucky in the respect we travelled everywhere with a plain clothes cop, so he was able to step in when required. Overall though, visiting the site is a must do for any holiday to Egypt, and I cant wat to go back.
The tour of the Pyramid of Cheops is guided by the use of one headlamp on the guide's head. We were guided thru the pyramid by holding onto the pants beltloop of the person ahead of us. This wonder was built of huge, ton-weight stones built up on each other (and how did this happen when the pyramid was built?!). I could not see anything but darkness as we slowly progressed into higher darkness. The next stone may be 3" higher or lower than the stone I stand on. Most can not stand up during the walking tour to the pyramid's top. The elevation was about 5' inside the entire walk to the the room at the top where the bodies were (there are no bodies there now). The tour is nearly unbelievable, but I was there touching real things!
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