Wonders of the World
Giza Travel Blog› entry 21 of 22 › view all entries
In the 12th century an Arab historian once said, “all things fear time, but
time fears the Pyramids”.
the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza.
The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the largest of the group (originally
145m high with a square base 232m).
Chephren (136m high, width 210m), and third, Mykerinos, the smallest
of the group.
The complex also includes the Sphinx, largest monolith statue in the world and also the oldest known monumental sculpture.A crouching lion
with a human head carved from solid rock. Also now open is the Solar Boat Museum. Sealed into a pit at the base of the Pyramid in around 2500BC. It is believed to have been built for Pahroah Khufu (Cheops) Intended for use in the afterlife the boat or barge is 143ft long and nearly 20ft wide. It is in remarkable condition and looks if it could sail along the Nile today. Discovered in 1954 the boat has been on display since 1982. The museum was closed on my first visit to the Pyramids in 1990 so it was a nice extra to visit this time.
Afterwards we will visit the
Egyptian Museum, encompassing all aspects of the world of the Ancient
Egyptians containing, as it does, some 120,000 items, from ornate
jewellery to towering granite statues and, of course, the treasures of
Tutankhamen. No photos were allowed inside the museum on this visit unlike last time.It's a shame but you can understand the reasoning behind it.