Have you ever think to visit the great pyramids of Egpyt like pyramids of Giza. Their mystery still solved entirely yet. These well-known ancient masonry buildings are located in Egypt. They have a mysterious and thriving history. There are more than 100 pyramids in Egypt and the most famous one of them is the pyramids of Giza and this guide will focus on them mostly.
History of The Pyramids
During the Early Dynastic Period of Egpyt (3100 BC) people who holds the power were buried in mastabas. They look like half of the pyramids. History of pyramids are little complex so I won’t bother you with these confusing details but will give brief information about them. The main aim of building a pyramid-like a mastaba or v-shaped ones is to help the soul of the pharaoh to reach the heavens. The biggest pyramids of Egpyt were built during the Old Kingdom (2686-2181 BC) which also known as an “Age of Pyramids” or “Age of the Pyramid Builders” is the pyramids of Giza. During those time centralized management style of the kingdom were allows building this kind of massive buildings. But in years, the ability and willingness of building pyramids like this big decreased like the size of the pyramids. That’s the main reason there arent much pyramids like Giza. That’s enough for brief history 🙂
Pyramids of Giza
As mentioned above there are more than 100 pyramids in Egpyt. Abu Rawash, Giza, Zawyet el-Aryan, Abusir, Saqqara, Dahsur, Mazghuna, Lisht, Meidum, Hawara, el-Lahun, El-Kurru, and Nuri are the location of the pyramid in Egypt. Each of them has a unique and different style of the pyramid which needs separate guides to visit them. Bu the most famous and glorious one is the pyramids of Giza of course. You can find a map of them.
Where are the pyramids of Giza?
Everyone thinks that all of the pyramids are located in the middle of the desert but the truth is quite different. For example, pyramids of Giza are located very close to the city of Giza, just 9 km and 13 km to Cairo. These numbers are for the centres of course but the settlements are few hundred meters away from the pyramids. You can check it from the map above.
How many pyramids are there in Giza?
Pyramids of Giza also known as Giza pyramid complex or Giza Necropolis. From these names, you will get there are more than one pyramids in Giza. List of the ancient wonders in Giza like this: the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. All of the were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egpyt. You will also see there are few cemeteries for the workers who lost their lives during the constructions.
The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of Khafre are the biggest and largest pyramids in Egypt. Antipater of Sidon who is the ancient Greek poet lived the second half of the 2nd century BC listed the Great Pyramids of Giza one the Seven Wonders of the World. It is the oldest of the ancient wonder and the only one still remains. You will the map of the pyramids of Giza on the image given below.
Visiting the pyramid of Giza as a tourist
Egpyt could be a bad place for tourist. If you rad comment and post from the various website you will people in Egpyt can bother you for money almost everywhere. Especially in the Giza area, the management of the pyramids is quite bad. Vey basic services like garbage can, signs or other things can help tourist almost not exist. If you’re planning to visit pyramids by yourself that could be a bad experience. Because of that limitation, you can think to join some guided tours.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu. This one was built between 2580-2560 BC. A smaller one is the Pyramid of Khafre which is located a few hundred meters to the south-west and the medium-sized Pyramid of Menkaure farther south-west.
How to go pyramids of Giza?
If you don’t join the tour and want to visit Giza by yourself. You have two options, taxi or public transportation. If you will take the taxi ready for the mess. most of the taxi drivers in Egpyt will try to screw you and get more money. Before taking a taxi to be sure about the price. Tell the driver to take to the entrance gate without stopping anywhere and the price should not exceed 2 dollars. You can also take the subway to reach the pyramids. Subway won’t go to the pyramids directly but you will get very close of them and take a minibus from station to the entrance. This way is more secure and cheaper of course.
During your visitation to the pyramids of Giza, you will face with so many hustlers. The only way to avoid them is to join a guided tour. But if you visited pyramids by yourself always be careful. Hide your passport and wallet to a safe place and never show them to the people. Egyptian officials probably won’t help you on these cases, probably they don’t bother.
If you ever visited the pyramids of Giza please share your experiences and suggestions for the people who are planning to visit this spectacular ancient world wonders.