P is for Pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World.  A panoramic plateau allows for a stunning view of the three largest Pyramids.

The oldest and largest of the three is called the Great Pyramid of Cheops and was built from 2589-2566BC using 2,300,000 blocks weighing between 2.5 and 15 tonnes each!  The absence of the original limestone casing allows you to appreciate the sheer enormity of the blocks.  At a designated spot it is permitted to climb onto the Pyramid, and you can see that the second layer of blocks is higher than my waist!

We went inside the third Pyramid, the Pyramid of Mycerinus.  The entrance is at ground level, and the tunnel is both low and slopes fairly steeply downwards immediately.  I was expecting steps, but instead found a wooden ramp which has wooden batons nailed across it at intervals to aid footing.  Bent over at the waist and clutching handrails, I ended up slithering sideways and rather inelegantly down the long ramp into the first antechamber.  I could only imagine how difficult it would be had there been a second row of tourists alongside me on their way out.  It is perhaps not recommended it for the claustrophobic or those with spine or knee problems, although saying that, I have knee problems and there’s no way I was letting that keep me out!

There is a second ramp down into a large rectangular chamber which would have held the sarcophagus, and the burial chamber lies beyond.  A tiny doorway between these two leads off to the treasure chamber which has lots of different niches.  The walls inside the Pyramids are entirely blank as they were built before the Egyptians began to decorate their tombs, but there is still something magical about actually being inside a Pyramid.

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7 Responses to P is for Pyramids

  1. Great post that reminds me why the Pyramids are on my ‘must visit’ list!

  2. mimitabby says:

    pretty incredible stuff. I appreciate the pictures with you in them for scale.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  3. DL says:

    I find the pyramids fascinating and include them on my list of must-see’s at some point in my life! 🙂 Great photo’s!

  4. The Golden Eagle says:

    That must have been a really interesting experience! Wow, those blocks are enormous.

    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle’s Aerial Perspective

  5. Awesome. You wonder how they achieved all that with the limited technology they had.

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