EGYPT (part 3 continued)

Although the first week offers a tremendous number of visits and leaves you
little time to process all your experiences, this is really relaxing compared
to Cairo. It looks as if this city would never come to a rest.
Some people might like this city, well I didn't, and at the end the conclusion
was that two days spent here were more than enough.
Anyhow, coming back to the highlights of this short trip, they start with
a day tour of Cairo and a visit to the Citadel which includes some museums
and among others, the well known Mohammed Ali Mosque.
The multiple Bazaars of the city offer a possibility to be absorbed by huge crowds
of people. You will be offered all kind of special deals, it's however more than doubtful
that you won't get these good bargains at other places for less money.

Mohammed Ali Mosque  Mohammed Ali Mosque  Mohammed Ali Mosque  Cairo from Citadel  Cairo Bazaar  Cairo Bazaar

One site definitely not to miss while being here is the Egyptian Museum.
Although large crowds of people (mostly more or less small groups of tourists with
their guides) make it rather hard to explore this museum, the visit is a must.
You will certainly have the impression that the building has become to small with
the huge amount of antiques displayed. A highlight is certainly the upper floor and
the exhibition of Tutankhamon's treasures.
The second day leads to Sakkara, well known for the Step Pyramid, the oldest one
known in Egypt, and which was built by Imhotep for Djoser I. Sakkara, where the kings of
several dynasties are buried, was a part of the ancient capital Memphis.
Today little is left of Memphis as the major part of this important city has disappeared
or lies beneath villages and cultivated fields.

Step Pyramid     Sakkara site     Djoser I Complex     Step Pyramid

Colossus of Ramses II          Ramses II          Memphis Gardens

Finally, a last highlight of Cairo, the Giza Plateau with the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
The visit starts at the smallest of the three major ones, the Pyramid of Mycerinus (or Menkaure).
It has a height of about 67 metres and was the last of the three to be built.
Three small Pyramids located south of the main one, were constructed for the Queens.

Giza Plateau     Giza Plateau     Giza Plateau     Mycerinus Pyramid

Pyramids of Queens    Mycerinus Pyramid    Mycerinus Pyramid    Mycerinus Pyramid    Camelback

The Pyramid of Chephren (or Kahfre) has a height of 137 metres although it might look taller
than the Pyramid of Cheops (or Khufu) with it's height of 140 metres.
About 2.3 million stone blocks weighing an average of 2.5 tons each were used for the
tallest of the three. Over the time, the heights changed due to erosion or blocks
being removed. The whole site includes more smaller Pyramids built for the Queens,
Temples, rock cut Tombs and the Sphinx. The Sphinx, representing a creature with
a lion's body and a human head was shaped some 4500 years ago.

Mycerinus and Chephren Pyramids   Chephren Pyramid   Cheops Pyramid   Cheops Pyramid   Sphinx   Giza Plateau

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