A Visit to the historical Giza Necropolis

The Giza Necropolis is an archaeological site located in the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The complex consists of a series of monuments, pyramids and sculptures. The Pyramids were made popular during the Hellenistic times when Antipater of Sidon listed them as part of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

The three pyramids include; Khufu’s pyramid complex which is by far the biggest, Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure. Amazingly, if you tour the three pyramids, you will get additional sites such as the Great Sphinx that is located due east a few meters from the complex. Others include satellite edifices such as "queens" pyramids, causeways and valley pyramids.

Astronomers say that the three pyramids are aligned to the magnetic north with only a small fraction of error. They are said to be arranged in the Orion constellation order although this has been disputed by several scientists. What is not in doubt is that you will be gracing a place that was the burial ground for Egypt's greatest rulers such as Pharaohs Khufu, Imhotep, and Hemiunu.

For more than 3,800 years, the pyramids of Giza have commanded respect for the Egyptian civilization. They have also seen huge numbers of tourists from around the world.

Tourists to the Pyramids are advised to pack for the desert. During the nights, the Sahara Desert can get very cold. You will need some warm clothes to counter the desert cold if you are going to camp outdoors. Other items to pack include sunblock lotions, sun glasses, light desert wear and hiking boots.

From Cairo, the easiest ways to go to the Pyramids is by use of Metro Line two and then get off at Giza Station. From here, you can use buses number 900 or 997 that are green in color.

If not for anything else, see the Pyramids of Giza to know the history of our planet. All the great civilizations point back to Egypt. It is where it all began. It is where the modern Homo Sapien began to think outside the box and live a more advanced lifestyle that is made easier by physics!

by Kennedy Runo on 01/24/2014 in Sightseeing