September 18, 2012 : Cairo Day 8 : Wonder of the World: Great Pyramids of Giza

We visited The Great Pyramid of Khufu, Khafre’s Pyramid and the Great Sphinx, and Menkaure’s Pyramid (The Great Pyramids of Giza). The ride there was approximately an hour-ish long due to traffic.

We were able to go inside and it was really cool: climbing and crawling in and out to visit the King’s Chamber in the The Great Pyramid of Khufu, in addition to visiting one of the Queen’s pyramids. It was dark, smelly, hot, humid, and there was a bat, but it was no big deal (LOL). It was such a great experience!

In yesterday’s lecture, the professor asked the class, “What is a pyramid?” We said it was a tomb for the pharaohs, and we were partially right. The answer he was looking for was, “A pyramid is a triangle with four sides." 

The pyramids are made of limestones. They combine two worlds together: The God of the Underworld (Osiris) and the Sun God (‘Ra). The pyramid was built at an angle of repose, meaning that no matter what happens, it will not collapse.

To build a pyramid, the Egyptians first had to choose a location and determine the foundation of that location, then flatten it, and then divide it into squares. After the squaring of the area, the first thing they build is the burial chamber.

It felt so surreal to be in front of one of the great wonders of the world, and to have learn about its history before witnessing it. I was in awe to know that this was built by hand. It’s unbelievable how much was accomplished without the use of machines. It’s an honor to be able to see and enter such magnificent masterpiece of the world.    

We had to wear linen slippers before entering the museum that housed the Queen’s boat.


Beetle… The Mummy anyone? Hollywood scared me with these creatures.

We paid 50 EGP to ride camels (approx. 10 USD) for about ten minutes but it was so worth it! It was really scary in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, there was nothing to it! It’s more comfortable than horseback riding, in my opinion. 


The Great Sphinx


Climbing and crawling into the pyramids on wooden steps like this, but much much steeper!

My feet after a long fun-filled day! 

We’re on our way to a six nights seven day excursion to Luxor, and spending the weekend on a beach resort in Hurghada.

I won’t be posting until I get back.
See you then,
Peace and love, 
♥ Thao  

P.S.
Globalites 🙂
 

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