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Buildings and structures that have really moved me – The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

Posted By fathersez On September 11, 2008 @ 11:18 am In Travel

I missed an opportunity in 2002, when we flew back from Accra to Malaysia via Cairo and our plan was to spend a couple of nights in Cairo and visit the famous Egyptian National Museum and the pyramids. Unfortunately I had to fly back early as my boss wanted me back in Kuala Lumpur. 

I had another opportunity in 2006, when I had some business in Cairo and the trip straddled an Egyptian weekend.  

Giza is not too far from Cairo. I can’t remember how long the taxi ride took, but the whole excursion was over in about 3 – 4 hours. We had to buy some tickets to explore the site and it was hot and dusty.            

I have, of course, read about the pyramids, seen plenty of pictures, seen documentaries, and am also an avid fan of the Mummy series.  But nothing of what I had read, seen or heard about this wonder of the world had prepared me for what I was about to see.  

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Man! The pyramids are huge! Huge may not exactly do justice. I mean, they were really huge! Wikipedia mentions that the [2] present height is 138.8 metres, after erosion had taken away some of its original 146.6 metres. Assuming a normal floor height of about 10 feet or 3 metres, this would make it a building of about 46 stories or so. No wonder, it is one of the wonders of the world and the tallest structure on the earth for over 3,800 years! 

Not only that, these gigantic structures were built to a precision that present day nano technologists would be proud of. Looking at it from a distance, seeing other visitors swarming around the base like ants, the size feels really magnified. 

Makes one really ponder about how on earth a structure like this could ever have been built in an era without tower cranes, hydraulic lifts, those gigantic Transformer like trucks and the like.  Yeah, it may be easy to just say that it took 20 years and God knows how many tens of thousands of workers. Still, a structure of 46 stories, made up of those huge stone blocks found miles and miles away from the site! 

Maybe there is some truth in Erick von Daniken’s theory of these structures having been [3] built by beings from other planets.  

This Grand Pyramid of Giza left in indelible mark in my mind. The [4] verse in the Quran about how the people of our past were far stronger and greater than the present generations came to my mind again. 

It also made me wonder why these once mighty Pharaohs chose the shape of a pyramid. Why not a block, a spiral or even a pentagon or something else? And the pyramid shape must be special. Similar shaped ancient buildings have been found in many other parts of the world, including, it seems, a [5] submerged Japanese city.  

I’ll never ever forget my first sight of the Grand Pyramid. 

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[2] present height is 138.8 metres: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Giza
[3] built by beings from other planets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_the_Gods
[4] verse in the Quran : http://http://www.fathersez.com/buildings-and-structures-that-have-really-moved-me-%e2%80%93-amber-f
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[5] submerged Japanese city: http://www.timstouse.com/EarthHistory/Lemuria/japanpyramids.htm
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