Memphis & The Pyramid Fields From Giza To Dahshur

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Memphis & The Pyramid Fields From Giza To Dahshur Cairo Reviews

rcpilgrim rcpilgrim
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Memphis & The Pyramid Fields From Giza To Dahshur Feb 23, 2013
Memphis was the capital of Egypt's Old Kingdom. The UNESCO site encompasses the ancient capital and the pyramid complexes at Giza, Dahshur and Saqqara. Giza is the grandest complex and contains seven pyramids and is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. The biggest three were Cheops, Menakauri, and Snefru. There are some minor pyramids that were used in the burials of the Pharoahs' queens. The site also contains the largest Sphinx in Egypt. Giza is just across the Nile River from Cairo. There is a small entrance fee. It was nice to have a guide who explained what I was seeing and to keep the touts at bay. You can rent a camel and trek through the desert and there is a nice viewing area set up where you can get a panorama of the entire site. Saqqara is the second pyramid site and it is still being excavated. The Step Pyramid is at this site and was undergoing reconstruction at the time. There is a museum dedicated to Imhotep that is well worth visiting at Saqqara. The third pyramid site is Dahshur which is a small town that straddles the desert and the edge oif the Nile Valley. The site also has several pyramids with Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid being the most famous. You can climb the Red Pyramid and descend inside it. The entrance shaft is very small and it reeks of ammonia when inside. Memphis itself is more of a collection of statues, fris, canoptica, monuments and sarcophagi. There are hundreds of ancient relics at Memphis and the site contains the second largest sphinx in Egypt. The big draw is the huge statue of Rameses II. There are relics from all three Egyptian kingdoms at the Memphis site. There are entrance fees to all sites but they are not much. Saqarra and Dashur are about an hour's drive outside of Cairo and it is good to go with a guide just for the fact of having a driver, air conditioning and water.
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rcpilgrim says:
Thanks Mac! I didn't Jean. But I did go in the Red Pyramid. The inside is virtually the same. It reeked of ammonia and the shaft coming back out was so small and the incline so steep I literally crawled my way back up and out. And I was the only person there outside of my guide.
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Good Review!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
jeanh2 says:
Did you go in the great pyramid? Very claustrophic but an amazing experience. I'd love to have been there by myself without the crowds, but maybe it would have been quite eerie to be alone there ...
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
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