The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

 

photo of camel rider and the giant pyramid

Riding a camel near the Cheops pyramid

Written by: Gary Wonning

Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza. Of the nearly 70 pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be over 5,000 years old, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends.

Nothing can prepare one for the first time they are seen “live” and in person. They are quite impressive, rising 300 feet above the Nile plateau, while The Egyptian plain itself is nearly 300 feet above the Nile River Valley

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.

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It is my understanding there is no evidence anyone was ever buried in a pyrami.d. The other functions seem to make more sense. The giant pyramid, or pyramid of Cheops(Khufu), is aligned to the four cardinal points of the earth.

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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