The seven wonders of the world are some of the most referred structures in the world. The ancient list includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and Colossus of Rhodes. Most of these wonders have been destroyed. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and only surviving of the ancient seven wonders.
You most likely have seen photos of the Pyramids of Giza, but to truly understand how amazing they are you should try to see them in person. The pyramids are not just amazing architectural feats, they had a purpose when first built. They are the tombs of various Egyptian kings. They are located just a few miles outside of the city of Cairo. There are many different aspects to the Pyramids that you can see, there are the pyramids themselves and then there are several museums associated with them that are interesting to see as well. Here are the highlights of the only remaining ancient seven wonder.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Standing at 146.5 meters tall with a 230.4 meters base width, the Great Pyramid of Giza constructed between 2584 BC and 2561 BC is the oldest and only remaining of the ancient wonders. For over three millenniums, was the tallest structure constructed by man. Apparently, this pyramid by Pharaoh Khufu was built by 100,000 men who worked on it three months each year. If you feel up to it, you can actually enter inside the pyramid. Enter through an entry way on the pyramid’s north side to get into the Grand Gallery, which is a long passageway with skillful masonry on display. Pass on to the Tomb Chamber which houses the empty, open granite sarcophagus, that most likely contained Khufu’s mummy.
Solar Boat Museum
When they explored on the southern and eastern sides of the Great Pyramid they revealed parts of a cedar-wood boat. You can see the restored 4,500 years old boat in a tiny single-room museum beside the Pyramid of Khufu. This is a truly fascinating sight to see.
This is another one of the most popular Egyptian structures after the Great Pyramid. Built from a granite rock, it resembles a recumbent lion with the head of a pharaoh wearing the royal head-cloth and cobra. Despite the mutilations by weather and man, the Sphinx is still a giant wonder to behold. It is a feat of man’s power and ability in rock work. If you can make it to this area of the world this is one structure you must absolutely see.
While it is truly sad that there are no other remaining ancient wonders serving today you can rejoice in knowing that this one is still around to be seen and admired. A trip to Egypt will give you many great opportunities to see historical sights and many fascinating things. The pyramids and its surroundings being one of them!