Catching my breath.
My childhood dream was unfolding right in front of me.
Nothing, all the years of documentaries, books, and TV
specials had prepared me for what was waiting for me.
The Giza complex encompasses nine pyramids but the
most famous are three. The Great Pyramid is the largest and
was built by Pharaoh Khufu around 2550 BC. It is beyond
description and hard to comprehend how these world
wonders were built. I truly believe that the only way for you
to ever get a true sense of it is to stand right in front of it. It
is made of an estimated 2.3 million limestone blocks, each
weighing an average of 2.5 to 15 tons. Each block aligned
so perfectly that not even a piece of paper can be fitted
between them. The Great Pyramid is a perfect geometric
Yeah! Lupita celebrates our journey.
shape and it stands at 481 feet. It is estimated that it
took some 30 years for 20,000 workers to build it. It is
so impressive that for some the only way to make sense of
it is to attribute it to extra-terrestrials, since they cannot
explain how human mortals could have constructed such an
The second pyramid was built by the Pharaoh
Khaphre, son of Kufu, some 30 years later. He is also the
builder of the Sphinx and Pharaoh Menkaure built the
smaller one around 2490 BC. The pyramids have withstood
for over 4500 years, so you can say that the Pharaohs truly
achieved their goal of immortality since they will surely
stand long after we are all gone.
We entered the Great Pyramid through a tunnel that was
initially opened by grave robbers who must have been
successful since no treasures from it have ever been
found. It was not easy getting up to the sarcophagus
room, we climbed past the Grand Gallery in amazement
all the while wondering how this structure could have been
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