Memories of Egypt (Giza) - Sept 2017. This photo shows all 6 pyramids of the Giza pyramid complex. Surprisingly the town of Giza is only around 13kms (8 miles) from Cairo’s city centre. The largest of these 6 pyramids is the Great Pyramid of Giza or Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu (see my last couple of posts). Then there’s the slightly smaller Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren), then the smaller Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinos). The 3 much tiny pyramids (in comparison) in the foreground of this photo are referred to as the Queens’ Pyramids. The Giza pyramid complex also includes the Great Sphinx, which I’ll show you in future posts. One important point I’d like to point out about the Pyramids of Giza is this. Contrary to popular belief and popular depictions, historians state that the Pyramids of Egypt were not built by slaves or prisoners. Egyptians were employed to build these monuments. Tombs were discovered over 8 years ago which were more than 4,000 years old and these tombs were said to belong to these workers. One famous Egyptologist has stated that that the Egyptian builders probably came from poor families from the north and south of Egypt, and were respected for their work - so much so that those who died during construction were bestowed the honour of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs. According to Egyptologists, their proximity to the pyramids and the manner of their burial in preparation for the afterlife backs this theory. They wouldn’t have been buried so honourably if they were slaves. Though they weren’t slaves, they certainly led a life of hard labour. .
If you’re planning a visit to the Giza pyramid complex, allow 1/2 to one full day. If you’re not visiting the complex through a pre-organised tour group, I’d recommend going with a knowledgeable tour guide that can explain the history of this amazing place. I’d also recommend a camel ride around the complex so you can capture photos from different vantage points. Make sure that your guide organises the camel ride for you. You can generally find a good tour guide through your hotel concierge.