Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx – Egypt

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Cairo is a city of choreographed chaos and hypnotizing charm and home to the last remaining ancient wonder of the world. Founded thousands of years ago by the Fatimid Dynasty, it is the political, economic and cultural heart of Egypt.

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River Nile Image Credits – Wolfgang Barth 

Travelling the backs of the River Nile in the far north of the country the city wears its history on its sleeve. From the Babylon fortress and Roman tower ruins built in 100 AD to the splendid mosques and museums, like the Al-Azhar Mosque built at the pinnacle of the Islamic empire.

On the southwestern edge of the city are the Pyramids of Giza, the oldest structures of all, dating back to the days of the Pharaohs, guided by the Sphinx and several camel drivers, the pyramids tower are the Cairo’s urban sprawl and the desert beyond.

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Giza Pyramids & Sphinx – Egypt Image Credits –Sam valadi

It’s difficult to imagine an ancient sight, more iconic than the Pyramids of Giza.

The moment when you walk up and glance at the Pyramids for the first time, it will blow your mind away, with each huge block of limestone perfectly fitting into its neighboring stone. From seeing pictures of the Pyramids of Giza in post cards and magazines to actually be witnessing it live in all its glory, one is ought to feel like a small tiny creature standing in front of thousands of years of history and civilizations and dynasties.

The Sphinx, a proverbial treasure trove of esoteric history, guards the entrance to the Pyramids of Giza, which are possibly the oldest tourist attraction in the world.

Much like the Pyramids of Giza, the origin of the Sphinx remains pretty nebulous. Until the 19th century, the statue’s front arms lived deep beneath the walking surface of Giza. It wasn’t until the 1920s that the statue was fully excavated. The Sphinx is famously missing its nose, and an array of theories around the same are also circulated now and then.

The great Pyramids of Giza stood as the tallest man-made structure on earth for thousands of years and the questions of how, when and why these pyramids where built have shrouded them in mystery, opening the flood gates to countless conspiracy theories. Between its expansive mythology, nebulous origins, and alleged connections to worlds beyond our own, the Pyramids are the last remaining ancient wonders of the world. They may seem stranded in the middle of nowhere with miles and miles of sand surrounding them, modern-day Cairo has made the Pyramids just a short taxi ride from the city center. And it doesn’t cost more than eighty Egyptian pounds to go inside one of these and witness it in all its captivating glory.

However, today the pyramids feel empty and abandoned. But, in a land where time is measured by dynasties and distance by the setting of the sun, it’s best to take things slowly and let Egypt work its magic on you.

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