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The Pyramids Of Giza

The first remarkable place may come up to your mind when you hear about Giza or Cairo city is the pyramids of Giza those enormous man-made structures were built thousand of years ago to the pharaohs of the kingdom to protect their bodies from vanishing. Ancient Egyptians where seeking immortality so between 2630 and 1640 B.C. they started building these massive tombs in the shape of pyramids to save their deceased corps .


Pyramids Of Giza

were mainly constructed for architectural and religious considerations. ancient Egyptians believed that they should save and protect their body for their eternal lives after death in the spiritual world and they buried  their treasures with them, beside the idea of challenging time they saw their king as the son of the god (Osiris) and the representative of him on earth. The three pyramids of Giza belonged to khufu, khafre and menkaure, if you intent to travel to Egypt make sure to read about them individually. 


Khufu pyramid

The great pyramid of Egypt belonged to king khufu from the fourth Egyptian dynasty and also known as cheops (in Greek ). contains about 6.25 million tons of stone, 2,300,00 blocks each one weights around 50 tones. you have to go through along passage with 8.74 height to get to the kings chamber which completely made of southern Aswan granite, keep in mind to check the queen chamber as well. Seven large pits in the shape of boat were designed for khufu to transport him in the afterlife and to sail through infinity as assumed, five of them located in the eastern side of the pyramid and the other two in the southern side, also one boat was removed to special museum. 


Khafre pyramid

 

Khafre desired to build his magnificent monument at Abo_rawash ,but instead he returned to Giza and chose to be next to his father's , it is the second largest pyramid almost (136.4) height . Pyramid of Khafre was based on a outcrop of pink granite but the upper sections of it  are made of limestones weights about 2 tones for each. the pyramid has two entrances, the lower entrance leads to a passageway ends with portcullis, after the portcullis you will find a short passenger to a chamber designed as store room may perform the same rule as the queen chamber in khufu pyramid. while having your amazing tour in the in the ground level entrance you will  be more amazed with the upper side discovering the burial chamber . 


Pyramid Of Menkaure

Menkaure is the son of khafre and the fifth king of the fourth dynasty , his pyramid is the smallest of the major pyramids of Giza . the structures interior design almost similar to his father's and grandfather's , its height about 62 meter recently and built from the limestone and granite brought from Aswan city. the entrance is from the north side leads to a passageway ends with hall covered by stones, then you will find the burial chamber where a wooden coffin with the name of Menkaure found, the mummy of the king kept in the British museum now. the pyramids of Giza still an outstanding feature through ages referring to the greatness of the old Egyptian constructions, even though they were build in  very hard conditions without any of the recent used technology they still a prominent influences of the world. The scientists found this pyramid uncompleted as said king menkaure died before its done but his son after him finished the process .


 Pyramids is the main visit in Egypt so all our Egypt tour packages and middle east tours include pyramids visit, check them to book a tour.

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Shoroq Samir
Shoroq Samir

history author based in Egypt. Graduated from the faculty of languages and translation. Studied Shakespearean literature, English poetry and post modernism Art. Essay specialist and Egyptologist content writer\ creator.