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The Great Pyramid

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Cairo, Egypt.

  • Greater and second pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
  • Photo of The Great Pyramid
Greater and second pyramid
Greater and second pyramid. Photo by Al James
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The Great Pyramid is the most substantial structure of the ancient world, and one of the most mysterious. Constructed from approximately 2.5 million limestone blocks weighing on average 2.6 tons each, its total mass represents more building material than is found in all the churches and cathedrals built in England.

The Great Pyramid was originally 481 feet tall, covered an area of 13 acres, and was encased in polished, white limestone. Arab laborers forced their way into the Great Pyramid in 820 AD, to find the inner chambers completely empty except for a stone coffer. Orthodox Egyptologists assume this coffer was for the burial of Khufu (Cheops), yet no embalming materials, hieroglyphic inscriptions or other clues were found in the pyramid or its chambers to indicate that Khufu was buried there.

An extraordinary example of geographic surveying, mathematical knowledge and engineering brilliance far beyond the capacity of early Egyptian builders, the Great Pyramid continues to baffle researchers. What was the purpose of the structure? While no authoritative answer can presently be given to this question, legend, archaeology, and mathematics seem to indicate that the Great Pyramid, and especially the main chamber, was a monumental device for gathering, amplifying, and focusing a mysterious energy for the spiritual benefit of human beings.

The coffer was the focal point of both celestial and terrestrial energies gathered and concentrated by virtue of the geographical location, celestial alignment, and construction mathematics of the pyramid. These energies were conducive to the awakening, stimulation, and acceleration of spiritual consciousness. The Great Pyramid (incorrectly) attributed to Khufu is on the left side of the photograph; the pyramid attributed to Khafre/Chephren on the right.

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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EGYPT

its a great part of the world you must see that by ur self :D

Plus and minus

Pyramyds are realy great, but what i hate about this place are the local people offering you postcards and some other stuff. You could say to one you dont wanna, 2 meters later same situation. So all the time i was there, i was telling to all these people No Thank u !!! but they dont stop!

Can you actually walk on the pyramids walls?

My students wanted to know if you can walk on the outside of the pyramids' walls.

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The steps weren't meant to be walked on, the pyramids used to be covered in limestone so they were much smoother and couldn't be climbed on but the 'steps' today are crumbly and dangerous.

you are not allowed to walk up the wall nor are you allowed to take pictures inside however everyone does and the guy inside will wink and say its ok to take a picture wink wink a tip lol

Giza Pyramids

The first pyramids I had ever heard about as a child. Wow, the pyramids of legend and the top of most peoples “must see” lists. We finally made it to the piéce de resistance of all of the pyramids in the world. Driving through Cairo, you can see the pyramids from almost everywhere. When we landed at the airport and took our minivan to our hotel, I could see them out the window and couldn’t wait to get up close and personal.

The most incredible way to see them is to hire a camel and guide. You start walking through the maze of back streets getting a real taste of Cairo and then you walk into the desert riding high on its back. Definitely feeling like we were Lawrence of Arabia, we fantasized about how it must have felt to come upon these great monuments after a long caravan in the desert.

We were spoiled as well and got to the Pyramids twice. Riding in the Tour d’Afrique, we were lucky enough to cycle to the Pyramids of Giza at sunrise. Nobody else was around and we had them all to ourselves, stopping at the Sphynx and riding along side camels and their guides getting ready for the day.

Maybe it is because we had seen many temples and ruins before visiting this number one attraction in the world that it is only number 4 on our list, but we have enjoyed others that we found to be far more magical.

The Giza pyramids

Me and the wife went there last year and it was amazing, you can go into the middle pyramid(the one with icing on top, it cost a about £2 but you have to do it, you go down a little walkway about 4 foot square and then you enter a chamber, theres not much to look at inside but the experience is amazing, if you stay in Hurgadha you can get a mini bus or fly, a bus takes about 8 hours and costs about £60 each but you leave at 3am, by air its 55 mins and cost about £140 each with a tour guide and you leave at 6am, we went by air which alone was an experience which i would do again, i wont spoil it by telling you why try it for yourself.

Most evocative ruin experience in the world

There are two ways to really appreciate these most ancient ruins. Get let in before any one else & walk around in the dark with a dim torch. Lie in the Kings chamber, turn the torch off, listen and imagine the ancient powers of this wonder of the world. Or climb up at dusk, sleep on the top and descend at dawn. Otherwise this enormous 5,000 year old monument whose extraordinary structural achievement has baffled many, can look disappointing, being increasingly overshadowed by Cairo on its doorstep.

The Giza Pyramids

Built over 20 years by the Egyptian pharaoh, Khufu (Cheops) around the year 2560BC to serve as his tomb, The Great Pyramid of Khufu is one of three pyramids at Giza. Each of the 200 million stone blocks used to construct the Great Pyramid weigh over 2 tonnes. When it was first constructed it was 145.75m high and was the worlds tallest structure, only to be surpassed as recently as the 19th Century. The other pyramids are the tombs of Menkaure and of Khafre, also thought to have commissioned the building of the Sphinx.

The Sphinx is also located on the Giza plateau along with a museum housing relics from inside the pyramids.

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