Memphis Travel Blog› entry 9 of 10 › view all entries
The last day in Egypt. Our group could stay in the swimming pool in Gizeh, but I wanted to go to Memphis and Saqqara in the morning. Memphis, the first capital of Egypt. Or with a little imagination, the first capital of the world. From 3100BC till 2100BC it was the original capital of Egypt founded by the first pharao Mendes, 5000 years ago. I knew there is not much left of it, but I just wanted to walk there were all those pharao's and people walked in ancient times. Memphis still excist, it even still has it's original name. But it is a small village 15 miles under Caïro nowdays. There is no old building left, because when it was the capital all buildings were made off soft sandstone. Only the piramids and statues were made of hard stone in the beginning.
Memphis is a open air museum now. Allthough the old buildings are gone centuries ago, some statues made of stone were found and displayed. Very interesting are the big statue of Ramses II who is lying down, two smaller statues of Ramses II and th Sphinx of Memphis. There was also found a very big statue of Ramses II in Memphis, but that one was taken to Caïro. Later, when we were allready back, we saw that this statue was replaced to Gizeh because of the polution in Caïro.