Sunset, Pyramids at Giza, Cairo Egypt
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The Giza Necropolis stands on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. This complex of ancient monuments is located some 5 miles inland into the desert from the old town of Giza on the banks overlooking the Nile River, and about 12 miles southwest of downtown Cairo. One of the original seven wonders of the world, they are the only one remaining.
Even though popular opinion dictates that the pyramids lie in a remote are, this is far from true, because of increases in population, they are now located next to Cairo, the most populous city in Africa, with a Pizza Hut and KFC located across the street.
This complex consists of the pyramid of Cheops, (the Great Pyramid), the smaller Pyramid of Khafre, a few hundred yards to the southwest, and the still smaller Pyramid of Menkaure. Also in the complex are queens pyramids, causeways, and valley pyramids. Along the north side of the Great Pyramid, there is a dry river valley from an age long ago.
The Great Pyramid is perfectly aligned to the cardinal points of the earth, and the three pyramids are in perfect alignment to the stars in Orion’s belt.
The small entrance to Khufu’s pyramid is on the north side accessible only by steps. The interior is rather dark , lite only by bare electric bulbs. It is a relatively easy climb up the grand galley thru the Queens chamber and on to the King’s Chamber.
The King’s Chamber is accessible only through a small entrance, once inside, one is impressed by the smoothly polished walls and a sarcophagus on one side of the chamber!
Blowing snow-like sand and horsemen dot the landscape, giving it an almost eerie illusion.
If you go don’t miss the five dollar camel ride, and a cold drink at the Mena Hotel!
If you would like to learn more of the Egyptian Culture.
The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
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Many legends and speculation in Egyptian mythology surround the pyramids. Why were they built, and how were they built? They have been described as burial tombs for the pharaohs, and giant observatories. Speculation also exists they were ceremonial sites where the ancients performed secret rituals.