The pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and of course the Nile are all located near Cairo – you’ll be able to see all these things while staying in the city.
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The pyramids and the Sphinx are located at the Giza plateau. The Nile ran close by thousands of years ago, but has slowly changed it’s course as rivers do. It runs through Cairo though and you are easily able to get from the city to Giza
As demonstrated by this (not very good) picture, the sphinx and pyramids are in the same place. And Giza is virtually a neighbourhood of Cairo, where the Nile flows. In fact, on a good day and if you are high up enough, you can see the pyramids from the centre of Cairo.
After visiting the pyramids and sphinx by day, we made a point of returning at night for the son et lumiére. That was 25 years ago. I researched online just now and discovered that the show is still presented. I remember enjoying it. You might also consider going to see the world’s oldest step pyramid at Saqqara, 12 miles south of Cairo. When I was there, oh so long ago, we were at liberty just to wander through the ruins, ogling hieroglyphics. I understand that the new Imhotep Museum has just opened on the site, too.
When you’re in Cairo, you can’t miss the Nile. It is the ribbon of life running through the desert. We went to a hillside Coptic monastery outside of Cairo. Looking back towards the city from that perspective, it was a striking scene. In the foreground stretched rugged desert. At the point marking the end of the irrigation ditches, there was an abrupt line of green. Therebeyond was a succession of bands: a thin strip of green running parallel to the river; next, the Nile itself; next, another thin strip of green on the other side of the river; and then, once again, desert extending all the way to the horizon. Makes me thirsty just writing about it.
You have a lovely poetic style of writing, are you a some sort of poet or author? Just curious
Nope. I’m a part-time psychotherapist and a part-time opera singer. I love words. I ingest them voraciously, ponder them incessantly, and dispense them rhapsodically. I love silences, too: in therapy, in opera, in my brain, in my mouth.
The greatest thing about the pyramids is the amazing feeling that you can feel and see an incredibly huge work of art that has been living for 7,000 years. How it survived and how the stones which were all cut in exact sizes and have very flat edges were put together by the pharaohs is still a mystery up till now!! The question is were complicated machines used and where are they nobody knows!! I am Egyptian and I have been there once,but it was great especially if you take a camel or a horse!!
dont u wonder how they moved those humongus blocks
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