🇪🇬- Giza, The Pyramids.
From my first sight at a distant, I was mesmerized. My eyes would not unstuck itself from this childhood dream coming to life-size. .
The Pyramids of Giza covers 2,000msq and lies on the West Bank of the Nile. The capital of the pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty, it dates back to 5000yrs. This site of Giza is the ONLY ONE of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still survives. The rest have all been destroyed by man and by time. Who knows how much longer these will remain. .
The pyramids belong to Khufu (Great Pyramid) his son Khafre and his grandson Menkaure - and the Sphinx aka ‘Father of Terror’.
Khufu’s pyramid is largest and took 20 years to build. It used 2,300,000 blocks of limestone, each about 2.5tons, total 5,750,000 tons! It was smooth and gleeming once but now sits exposing the gigantic structural blocks .
The pyramid of Khafre 706 ft x 448ft rises behind the Sphinx and is the one with a ‘cap’, the last part of the ancient covering to have survived. .
Menkaure’s was discovered in 1837. The sad story is both the beautiful sarcophagus and his remains were lost on board a ship which was carrying them to England. The Beatrice sank off Carthage and has never been found.
Picture shows another 3 smaller pyramids and these belong to the Queens.
Finally the Sphinx, the largest in the world it measures 76.4ft tall by 187ft long and 19.7ft high. .
We descended into Khafre’s tomb. It was discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni and he left his mark, see vid. You have to crouch down and squat walk through a 3ft opening all the way to the burial chamber while negotiating with others in the opposite direction since it’s the only way in and out. Not for claustrophobics but it’s worth doing.