My dear travellers welcome to the Mr.M blog! I have to announce that this is my first blog post in the new season and I am very excited about it. Many of you have asked me when new letters will “arrive” from some interesting destinations. I think today is the right time to send you a new letter, right from the cradle of civilization – the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Just couple days ago, I received an invitation from the Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority to come and visit their wonderful country. Since until now I have not had the opportunity to visit Egypt and fulfill my dream of seeing the pyramids, one of the important sights on the UNESCO list one of 7 wonders of the world I just had to find free time and visit a country that is considered to be the cradle of a civilization whose history is longer than 4500 years…
After receiving an invitation from the Ministry of Tourism and Egyptian Tourism Authority, I was contacted by His Excellency, Mr. Aljowaily Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Belgrade, who set aside his free time and was kind enough to introduce me with basic information about Egypt as well as about the trip itself. I would like to thank him for his time and all the useful information and tips.
After a couple of days, I don’t think it’s been 5 days since everything happened in a fast track, little Marko and his photographer found themselves on flights by Austrian Airlines, where we came to Cairo like on a magic carpet. My excitement peaked when a photographer scrambled me from my dream to show me the pyramids in Giza that can be seen from the plane, if you are one of the lucky ones! The feeling was amazing and it was the first time that I actually realized that I had arrived at my final destination…
After landing and paperwork we had a warm welcome from our hosts – Egyptian Tourism Authority and they helped us with our luggage and equipment to make our way to hotel in Cairo easier. Africa is maybe a far distant continent for us, their culture is unusual and exotic to us, but the most interesting fact is that Cairo is one of the largest cities in Africa with over 25 million inhabitants. If I had to choose only 3 words to describe Cairo, I would say – SANDY MODERN CROWD! The city where so many millions of people live never sleeps and count on it to take you a lot longer to reach your destination, so you should always leave at least an hour and a half or two early to arrive at your desired destination on time.
Cairo is located on the banks and islands of the Nile in the northern part of Egypt, a little south of where the river leaves its desert valley and where a three-arm branch begins at the Nile Delta.
The oldest part of the city is located on the east side of the river, while the New modern part gradually extends west, surrounding the green areas of the Nile Valley. The new western part of the city was built in the time of Ismail the Magnificent, inspired by architecture of Paris, with wide boulevards, parks and open spaces. As for the old part of the city, the eastern part is the totally opposite. It has grown randomly through the centuries and is full of narrow, clogged streets. While western Cairo is dominated by government and state-of-the-art buildings, the eastern part is filled with hundreds of old mosques that serve as landmarks.
The abundant use of Nile water allowed the city to expand eastward further into the desert. The bridges connect Cairo to the islands of Gezira and Rhoda, which house state government offices. Bridges across the Nile, the capital connects to the suburbs of Giza and Imbabah. One interesting fact for all of you, the longest bridge in Cairo, but also across Africa, is the October 6th bridge, which is nearly 22 kilometers long, which connects the city center with the airport.
The first day in Cairo went by so fast and we only had time to stay at the hotel with the hope that the next day would be full of excitement. Due to the expedited process of organizing this media trip, I got the plan for the next day in the evening, which was quite exciting for me. On the second day we visited the Egyptian Museum where we took more pictures than we expected, so I decided that it would be better to show you the historical treasury in a few days in a special post where we will discover the history of ancient civilization together, meet some Pharaohs and of course see part of Tutankhamun’s treasure. I’m sure you’ll love it!
As a surprise for the end of the second day in Cairo, the Egyptian Tourism Authority decided to show us what Cairo looks like at night, so we went on an interesting cruise where we enjoyed a dervish dance and a rich cultural program.
Whoever followed my adventure in Egypt through my Instagram stories you could see the most interesting parts of this Nile cruise, it was very exciting and I was glad to be able to feel the magic of nightlife in the capital of Egypt. If your way sometimes leads you to Cairo, I think you should visit this waterfront restaurant and experience the beauty of Cairo with oriental vibe cultural program.
One of the most memorable sights of the program was the dance of the dervishes. For all those who are not familiar with the meaning of the dervish dance, I will try to explain as quickly as possible the meaning of the dance ritual itself. The cradle of the dervishes is located in Turkey, the founder of the Mevlevi order was Jalaluddin Rumi Mevlane in Konya (Turkey). A large number of branches, “monasteries” of the Dervish order, have been established in Syria, Egypt and Algeria as well.
The dance of the Dervishes consists of well-defined movements, where the gentle rotation becomes more dynamic as each dervish reaches a state similar to a trance. The music that accompanies these turns also changes the rhythm and speed, giving everything a hypnotic impression as you watch it from the sidelines, and helping the dervishes themselves reach ecstasy. Another name for this dance is “heavenly dance” because it is thought that they are so easily approaching and opening their path to God.
Those two hours which I spent on this amazing cruise will be truly remembered as the most extraordinary night in my life, since on most trips, little Marko gets into bed in that time and charges for the next day. For a wonderful miracle, I was not tired at all the next day.
Day number 3 – Pyramids of Giza, the most important part of this incredible journey! Because of the excitement I didn’t sleep at all that night, after the fun I got on a cruise and when I saw that I was going to Giza I couldn’t close my eyes. I was too happy to go to bed, so I was looking at the stars and imagined how Giza looks like, one more time before our real “meeting”!
Giza is best known as the archeological site of some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, including the tomb complex of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and temples, consisting of the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid (the Cheops Pyramid) and numerous other pyramids and temples.
Giza was once a zero meridian, a reference point for determining longitude, and certain archaeologists claim that it was located in the Great Pyramid – the Cheops Pyramid.
Giza’s most famous archeological site – the Giza Plateau contains some of the greatest monuments of ancient Egyptian history. The area was formerly a true oasis thanks to the Nile that directly irrigated the plateau, so the pyramids of Giza were built so from the top of pyramids you could see the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, which was near present-day Cairo at the time of their construction.
Giza has changed a lot over its long history. The greatest changes to the infrastructure itself were recorded during the reigns of the Old Empire dynasties that ruled Egypt and during the occupation of Great Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which built a large number of streets and buildings in the surrounding area. It is often mistakenly thought that Giza is anything but a desert. However, Giza has become the center of Egypt’s culture and is densely populated, so there are many buildings and city services in it.
Giza has received a lot of attention because of the large number of ancient Egyptian monuments in the Giza Plateau, as well as the millions of tourists who come here every year. That is why the British authorities invested in the Giza infrastructure until the Egyptian Revolution, after that period the Egyptian government continued to invest considering its cultural and historical value.
Thanks to the numerous temples and cultural monuments of Ancient Egypt, millions of tourists come to Giza every year. The most important tourist destination is certainly the Pyramids of Giza, a complex of three tombs of Egyptian rulers – pharaohs. Giza, with Sharm el-Sheikh and Cairo, is the most famous tourist destination in Egypt.
The Giza Pyramids are among the most famous and oldest structures in the world. They are located on the western edge of the Nile Valley, about eight kilometers southwest of the city of Giza. They are about 15 kilometers from the center of Cairo. They are the only ones left of the Seven Worlds of Ancient Wonders.
The largest and most famous pyramid is the Pyramid of Cheops, which belongs to the ancient Pharaoh Keops, who was the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty of the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Close to this pyramid you will find the Great Sphinx and the Khafre Pyramid. The third, and at the same time the smallest, is Pyramid of Mikerin (Menkaure).
The Cheops Pyramid is about 140 meters high and covers an area of 5.3 hectares and is the only pyramid that has both ascending and descending corridors. When built it was about 150 meters high, but over the years the top collapsed by about 10 m. According to the writings of Herodotus, the preparation for the construction and construction of the Pyramid of Cheops itself took more than twenty years. 100,000 people worked there, twenty years at three months a year, at the time of the Nile flood when land could not be cultivated.
For this reason, in 1979, they were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Africa, along with the nearby ancient city of Memphis and the necropolises (“cities of the dead”) in Abusir, Dahshur and Sakara.
In addition to Cheops Pyramid, on the Giza plateau there are pyramids of Pharaohs Khafren and Mikerin (Khafren’s successor). The Khafren Pyramid is the second largest, but raised on higher ground, so it looks larger, though ten feet lower than Cheops Pyramid.
The third Pyramid of Giza, erected by Mikerin, was originally 65 meters high, but today it is about 60 meters high. It is built of limestone and granite.
My dear adventurers, once again we have come to the end of our first special post from series of post from my Egyptian adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Egyptian Tourism Authority for this incredible adventure and Conrad Cairo Hotel and Marriott Mena House Hotel for their huge efforts to make our stay unforgettable and I felt like at home.
How do you like this story about Egypt? Have you maybe had a chance to visit Cairo and Giza and to enjoy in the beauty of the incredible pyramids? I would like to share with me your experience! See you soon on some other interesting destination!
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