The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World and they are even cooler than you might think. They way our Egypt trip was arranged we began and started in Cairo – on our first day taking camels near the pyramids at Sunset but then waiting almost two weeks until we went back to visit them up close and personal. And it was well worth the wait. On our visit we got up close and personal and as you can see from some of the photos below I actually had trouble capturing their gradour as they are SO LARGE.
The Pyramids of Giza are comprised of three pyramids and the largest, Khufu, was the tallest building in the world from the 26th century BC until the 19th century (3,899 years to be exact). And even having stood at the base of the 50 story giant, it is still hard to comprehend how something so massive was constructed that long ago. Climbing the pyramids is strictly prohibited but were able to take a few photos at the first layer of rocks and it is incredible to see how large the stones actually are – some of them weighing up to 70 tons of each. And after we took pictures until even I was content, we ventured into the smallest one. Given the size of it it is incredible how small the underground entrance is to the the pyramids and how narrow the corridors are until you get to the chambers buried at the heart. Take a look at arguable one of the best UNESCO sites I have ever been to:
As mentioned, it is hard really appreciate the Egyptian pyramids when you are up close – especially to take in the scale – so we drove a bit of a ways away to get a better shot of all three. While the group was faffing about with camels I took my family and tripod down to a secluded spot and we managed to get a few good shots in.
After visiting the pyramids we also went to see the other famous ancient artifcat left in Ancient Memphis, the Great Sphinx which was gorgeous in it’s own right though insanely crowded and hard to get a good shot of.
Would you want to visit the Egyptian pyramids?