Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza are outstanding! I don’t have words to express its greatness! Subhana Allah… If Allah have given men the know-how to build such great structures in an era when modern construction equipments were unthinkable, how would be the Paradise He had build for good believers!
Egyptian pyramids are stunning! I have studied about them during my early school days. Before viweing them right in front of my eyes my imagination set its height as a few meters. I was astounded when I saw the biggest pyramid. It is a massive structure built from well cut stones having overall height around 140 meters (as high as a 40 floor building). There are 3 big pyramids in a row and many small pyramids in surrounding area. The sphinx – a lion like structure cut and carved on solid stone lay with its front paws stretched a little ahead as if guarding the pyramids compound.
It was a wonderful sight in my life. Now I know why it was branded among wonders of world. I took a snap of a single stone at the base of the pyramid. It is well cut and leveled without sharp edges 1.5 meters tall and 1 meter wide! Its weight would be some 2.5 ton! Some stones cut in a slanted angle are placed at surface of the pyramid to give it a smooth homogeneous look.
Our taxi driver told some of these stones were detached from the pyramid and used to build a fort in another part of Cairo. He also told the pyramids were built as tomb for Pharaohs. About the sphinx his theory was interesting. The sphinx was erected to terrify robbers and thieves who might break in to steal precious items kept in royal chambers inside the pyramids!
According to Egyptologist’s accounts the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and constructed over a 20 year period concluding around 2551 BC (4560 years ago). The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. The Great Pyramid was originally 280 Egyptian cubits tall, 146.478 meters (480.57 ft) but with erosion and absence of its pyramidion, its current height is 138.75 meters (455.22 ft). Each base side was 440 royal cubits, 230.37 meters (755.81 ft) in length. Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Giza for more information.
There is an entrance to interior of the great pyramid and some other pyramids. One has to pay separate entry fees to enter into it. There is a discounted rate for Egyptian nationals and students. But for foreigners the fee is 100 pound for entering the compound, 100 pound to enter into the great pyramid and 50 to enter into other pyramids! If you can spend some time there, it is worth I suppose! (1 pound is approximately 0.7 Dirham Emarati and 0.2 US Dollar)
Visitors used to rent Horse carts and camels to ride around pyramids compound. We preferred walking to have a closer look.
Entry filed under: Wonders in disguise.