The Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, still live up to more than 4,000 years of hype. Their extraordinary shape, geometry and age render them somehow alien constructions; they seem to rise out of the desert and pose the ever-fascinating question, ‘How were we built them, and why?’
The Giza pyramid complex is located in the Western Desert, about 9 km (5 miles) west of the Nile in the old city of Giza, and about 13 km (8 miles) southwest of downtown Cairo, Egypt. The complex includes three Great Pyramids (Khufu / Cheops, Khafre / Chephren and Menkaure / Mykerinos), the Great Sphinx, several graves, village workers, and an industrial complex.
The oldest and biggest pyramid is Khufu or Cheops. Once they were covered with fine white marble but that was taken for temples over the centuries, but you can imagine how even more impressive they would have been then.
The pyramid, which have historically been common as a symbol of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination, were popularized in the Hellenistic era, when the Great Pyramid was listed by the Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one that still exists.
Tours and Trips to Giza Pyramids
To make your trip more memorable, we recommend taking a guided tour package that will take you to several historical sites in Egypt such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Temple of the Valley, Memphis and Sakkara in one trip. As a note, you can enter inside the pyramid, but climbing it is strictly prohibited.
But if you want to see the Giza Pyramids in a more spectacular views, there are options for evening trips where you can sit and relive the history of ancient Egypt while the Pyramids and Sphinx illuminated right after sunset. You will see the Pyramids being lights up with a stunning audio-visual display while listening to English narratives about Egyptian history.
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