Giza Sights and Landmarks Guide, Egypt
Giza is almost synonymous to exploration and adventure. Of course most of the tourists who come to this city seek to marvel and gaze upon the artwork of modern architecture that can only be found in the pyramids.
To top it all, the destinations in the Giza plateau alone would require days of walking in the sand and ogling the grand structures that can only be found in this city of Egypt. Of course, no Egyptian or Giza experience would be complete without a smooth ride on top of the only animal that can withstand the intense heat in the desert - the camel. Ideally on top of a camel, should you succumb to the temptation, the first ideal destination is the Great Pyramid of Khufu. With the destruction of most parts of the seven wonders of the ancient world, this surviving pyramid is one sight to behold.
This originally 146-meter or 479-feet high edifice, but now reduced to an amazing 137-meter or 449-feet high, is the perfect testament that the hands of man are the most productive. Built solely on manual labor more than 2 million blocks of stone were used to make this marvelous sight what it is now.
Just adjacent to the Great Pyramid is the Solar Barque Museum. Located on the southern part of the pyramid, it is the places where excavated artifacts and various items used by pharaohs of the past have been safely put in efforts to preserve the history of the city. The highlight of the said museum is the reconstructed solar boat used by the pharaoh in his travels.
Other smaller pyramids can also be found strategically located in the desert plateau including the Pyramid of Khafre and the smallest at 62 meter or 203 ft high the Pyramid of Menkaure. Other Queens' Pyramids and Nobles' Tombs can be located in various cemeteries surrounding the royal pyramids.
Of course, apart from the popular pyramids who would miss the Statue of the Sphinx as well as the Temple of the Sphinx? This half human half lion colossal monument is believed to have been the sun god Re-Horakhty. This 45-meter long and 22-meter wide monument with a lacking nose has been carved on pure sandstone. The missing nose however, as legends and hearsay would tell, is believed to blame British soldiers in World War I or Napoleon's troops in 1798. However, as the 18th century drawing would show, the nose was already missing so the occupying Turks have been the primary suspects.
A chance of reliving history or even seeing it in front of your eyes is almost impossible. However, with these various installations in Giza, you have actually become part of history by setting foot on the land that was once walked by the famous pharaohs and rulers. That makes Giza a visit you will never forget.
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