I never understood the word, surreal until I saw the Great Pyramids of Giza. It is like watching a dream of seeing the sole survivor of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. It is like being transported 2,500 years before the birth of Christ when these great Pyramids where build by three generations of Pharaohs --the father, Khufu (Cheops); the son Khafre (Chephren) and the grandson, Menkaure (Mycerinus). I even hesitated to use the word, awesome, because it felt like these pyramids were built by aliens and it was an out of this world experience. Until now, I still look back at the pictures, and I can't believe that I saw, I touched and I even entered the Great Pyramid of Khufu -- the oldest and largest pyramid in Egypt!
This is my humble attempt to share the experience with you, and I feel that there are no words to describe accurately the experience. I immediately went over to www.new7wonders.com to vote for The Great Pyramids of Egypt as part of the new 7 wonders of the world which will be announced on July 7, 2007. Thanks to papa Procter for making this surreal experience with the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt a reality!
There are two best times to visit the pyramid. The first, watching the sphinx's face touched by the Giza sunrise at 7am in the morning with the Egyptian blue sky as a background. Second, watching the pyramids while the sun sets in the desert horizon and listening to the silence of the peaceful Sahara desert. These are two priceless experience that I will never forget. I wished Rache and Aidan were with me so that I can share the experience with them.
The sphinx is the guardian of the pyramid of Khufu and the subject of legends and superstitions because of its mysterious appearance. Nobody would know for sure the cause of its broken nose, whether it was hammered off or deteriorated on its own due to poor materials. "Known in Arabic as Abu al-Hol (Father of Terror), the feline man was called the Sphinx by the ancient Greeks because it resembled the mythical winged monster with a woman's head and lion's body who set riddles and killed anyone unable to answer them." (lonely planet)
The South face of the Great Pyramid of Cheops has two structures that you can explore. The first one, the white structure on the left is the solar Barque Museum which contains the Pharoah's boat. This ancient cedar wood vessel unearthed in 1954, might have brought the mummy of the pharaoh across the nile to the valley temple. The second structure on the right with the two post is the burial ground of one of the priests.
Here is a perspective up close on how huge the great pyramid is.
There is the tomb of one of the high priest. It is obviously empty, but it is an experience to go under a small tunnel to see this tomb. This is a similar tomb that can be seen inside the great pyramid.
This is the ancient pharaoh boat that you can only see sometimes in Egyptian movies. It is simply amazing to see this ancient boat -- I really can't believe that such civilization exist in the past.
This is the great pyramid up close. Despite the hot mid-day sun, when you touch these ancient limestone rocks, it is so cold like touching the bottle of cold water kept inside a refrigerator. Climbing the pyramid is not allowed but it is free to wonder how did the Egyptians build this great pyramid!
In the northern face of the pyramid, you can see the two entrance to the Great Pyramid of Cheops. I can still remember the late, Ernie Baron preaching about the exact construction of the the great pyramids to concentrate the cosmic energy into 1/3 of the altitude of the pyramid. I don't know if it was true, but if you lie down in the tomb of the pharaoh for 5 minutes, you would feel the electrical energy generated by the pyramid opening up your chakras.
An IT manager, Finance Manager, and a Sales Manager, explored the inner tomb of King Cheops. Most people say that paying 100 egyptian pounds was not worth to see an empty room 5m wide and 10m long. The experience of going inside the great pyramids is a priceless experience that I will never forget. It is too bad, camera is not allowed inside the tomb.
One of the great experience we had was riding the camel to travel across the sahara desert to explore these great pyramids. I already mastered camel riding 101after 2-3 hours-- lean forward when going up, lean backward when going down, pulling the head left/ right to direct the camel. It was a surreal experience to explore the pyramids with camel as the sahara dessert sun sets in the horizon.
In the morning, we went back during sunrise to explore the pyramids via horses. We had to use the back door to get inside the pyramid complex before 8am in the morning.
The Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) which seems larger because it stands on higher ground but it is only 136m high. Its peak is still capped with a polished limestone casing to the envy of the other pyramids whose limestone casing were stripped away and used to build palaces and mosques.
One of the best experiences on earth -- watching the light and sound show of the Great Pyramids at night while sitting on the camel's back with the glow of the sahara sunset in the horizon and listening to the peaceful sound of the desert. I got goose bumps watching these pyramids and this is one of the places that would have an emotional impact on you just by looking at it. I forgot my tripod to capture this surreal experience, but I will never forget this ever in my life. I promised to bring Aidan to this place someday.
The Great Pyramids of Giza. This place deserves to be voted as one of the new 7 wonders of the world! (place your votes @ www.new7wonders.com)