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Giza Travel Guide

by our Egypt expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryGiza is itself a large town that links to be part of Greater Cairo. More significantly it is the site of the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World - the Great Pyramid of Cheops - as well as the 5,000 year old Sphinx. More than 130 pyramids have been located in Egypt, often excavated from their desert sand covering, mostly tombs for the ancient pharoahs and their consorts. The ‘Great’ Pyramid (also known, for potential confusion, as ‘Khufu’) was the world’s biggest man-made edifice until modern times. Unlike some pyramids that are little more than heaps of stone, this is remarkably well-preserved with three internal chambers that can be entered (not for claustrophobes). A sphinx is a creature of Greek legend with a beast/woman complex body - and a highly malevolent reputation in mythology. Their statues were often built ‘protecting’ tombs such as the Great Pyramid - there is a whole avenue at the Luxor Karnak site.
 

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National Flag: Egyptian Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Egyptian pound
Dialling Code: +20
Time Zone: GMT + 2
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