It has been a long-term dream of mine to visit and take pictures of Egyptian pyramids at Giza, but I had no idea how much seeing them would affect me. Sure, I had seen pictures before, but I don’t think anything can prepare you for the enormity of the pyramids. I was awestruck walking in the cool February air about how these ancient structures from a past civilization stand as testimony to how the world, particularly its power structure, changes over time.
Eight Egyptian Pyramid Facts
- The Great Pyramid of Khufu, the largest pyramid at Giza, is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
- The Khufu pyramid was the tallest manmade structure on the planet until the Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889.
- The Great Pyramids of Giza were originally covered with polished white limestone, capped with granite or basalt which was then often covered with gold or silver.
- The Great Pyramid Khufu is aligned to true-north within one-tenth of one degree.
- Working to build the pyramids was considered a great honor and the workers were not slaves, but provided with shelter, well fed, well clothed and given tax breaks.
- The Pyramid of Khafre, the middle one with the cap, is not as tall as Khufu, but was built on higher ground and is 446 feet tall compared to 455 foot Khufu.
- The oldest known Egyptian pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser located nearby, is almost one-hundred years older than The Great Pyramid of Khufu.
- New science suggests that deforestation and other environmental impacts may have ended the Age of the Pyramids.
Even though Egypt has been relatively calm since the Revolution of 2011 and subsequent events, crowds have not returned. This means that it is possible to see some of the world’s most ancient and historic sites in relative peace. Egypt appears to be very much on high alert, but I felt very safe there and loved fulfilling this dream of mine.
I was at the Great Pyramids as a guest of On the Go Tours on the Abu Simbel Sun Festival Tour, which is an easy, and a very enjoyable way to experience Egypt. Also, On the Go is offering an exclusive deal for LifePart2 readers – save $100 off any Egypt tour with On The Go Tours! Head over to their website to find your perfect itinerary and get in touch, quoting “LifePart2” to get your discount.
Tips for Visiting the Pyramids
Getting to the Great Pyramids of Giza From Central Cairo:
Take the bus or the train to Giza Metro station and jump in a taxi from there.
The quickest and most comfortable way is to take a taxi from your hotel but be prepared to negotiate a price in advance.
Check with your hotel or guesthouse, what you should be paying before you get in a taxi.
Entrance Fees to The Great Pyramids of Giza
Most group tours include the price of entering the Giza complex.
As a guideline, the cost to enter the Pyramids and Sphinx complex is Egyptian Pounds 80 which is around $5.
To go inside the Grand Pyramid, there is an additional fee. If you have a student card, they will give you a 50% discount.
You can see more of my Pictures of Egypt here.