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The 3 Pyramids of Giza are a known-symbol of the African continent and a powerful, magical reminder of lost old eras. These pyramids are one of the greatest architectural highlights ever constructed by human hands, and are the only member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing today. They are one of the first documented tourist attractions and have been a popular destination for travelers worldwide for many centuries.
The main pyramid, also known as Pyramid of Khufu, is approximately 138 meters (455 feet) high and is believed to have been built around 1560 BC to serve as the crypt the Egyptian king Khufu. The two other pyramids - Pyramid of Kafhre and Pyramid of Menkaura, are smaller in size and are the last resting place of two other kings of Egypt. It is estimated that between 20,000 and 30,000 workers took part in building the Pyramids at Giza in a period of at least 80 years. Guarding the pyramids is the well-known Sphinx. A 73.5 meters (241 feet) long, and 20 meters (65 feet) high cat-like figure that inspired many stories and bewitched the imagination of numerous tourists.
For many of the travelers who visit Egypt every year, the pyramids make both the main reason for the trip and its highlight. These massive constructions don't stand in a secluded part of the huge desert, but are in fact part of the city. Going through the streets of Giza, tourists are often stunned by seeing the ridges of the pyramids peep over modern building and Western style stores. Continently, the main attractions in Giza are located at the end of the pyramid road, on the Giza Plateau.
The pyramids themselves are open to the general public almost year-round, but entering them should be done with some caution. The pyramids' interior is humid, dusty and stuffy and could at time seem claustrophobic. However, for those who can handle these poor conditions, the experience is most definitely worthwhile. Seeing the buildings from outside no doubt leaves a strong impression of their enormity, but going through the passages and hallways gives a better understanding if the pyramids complexion and the amazing architectural planning that made these buildings possible.
If you want to enjoy the Pyramids of Giza in relative peacefulness, try and arrive to them when they just open. The rising heat alongside with the amount of tourists make the visit harder as the day continues. Camel rides in the area are unrecompensed, but if you feel adventurous, go horseback riding in the desert. It is a chance to appreciate both the fine Egyptian horses and the desert's endlessness and powerful magnitude.
For more information regarding the Pyramids of Giza, they the National Geographic web page regarding the area. If you are interested in other unique places to see, please or Natural Wonders page at TravelMatch.com for worldwide destinations.