I was talking to a friend the other day and he mentioned his wish to see the Pyramids of Egypt (I am Egyptian) and as we were talking I mentioned that people can get into the Pyramids and see all the beautiful paintings and tombs of the kings.
He was surprised because he thought people could only take a look from outside. That friend of mine is very cultured and knowledgeable so I started to wonder if it is a common misconception.
So, what did you think of it before I mention it now? Outside or both inside and outside? :)
I think it's only common because we're used to seeing photographs from the outside, not inside. Some art might limit the person's ability to take photos on the inside to keep from subjecting the art to harsh light, so that could also have an effect on it. Honestly, I never thought about it before now, but I would assume there are certain places that are open to tourists on the inside, as long as they're safe and can be protected from curious hands.
No, I though the passages were all collapsed and filled with rubble. I knew that grave robbers had stolen everything out of them, and I knew that archaeologists had opened them enough to crawl in, but I did not know they had been fully excavated and were open to tourists.
went to sheik oshay or whatever its called to do some diving which was cool, we were supposed to visit the pyramids but a storm was forcasted, so we didn't bother, but people we spoke to who went the next day said it was the most exhausting thing they have done, with the searches and the bus ride and the heat, with what you saw wasn't really worth going, you didn't get much more than if you watched it on TV lol, but a truly great country, and some awesome people to, just a shame with what's be happening lately, I don't know what's been going on, but its not looked peaceful from here in the UK, god bless,x
I've seen that dramatized American show where the Egyptian archaeologist guy and the American students investigate things, and after having seen that, I have no desire to go inside. It's cramped, dark, and claustrophobic.
One of the girls had to go pee inside the pyramid, which summoned a mythical Anubus-head guard that cut her head off... but the Egyptian guy said the magic words and put her head back on and she started blinking again so everything was cool.
Or did I just imagine that.. yeah I do remember a girl peeing and the archaeologist being very, very upset. But no magical guards unfortunately.
Yes, I knew that we can go inside. I know it, because, there was a TV show, I guess on discovery of national geographic. In every episode, they used to explain the great architectures of the world. In one episode, they talked quite in detail about Ahram-e-misar.
You can enter the Pyramids of Egypt now, but I'm not sure if you really could see that much of tombs and drawings, I'm an Egyptian myself too but I've never went to the pyramids since years :DD And I live 60 minutes away >.> I'd pay a visit soon since I'm considering it a shame. lol
I did not vote...I am embarrassed to admit that I was not sure..I was talking to a guy in Shytown (Chicago) one day and he claimed he had bribed some guard to allow him to tee off (golf) on top of a Pyramid...do you believe that story?
"You can be very close to the pyramids and sphinx. Although you cannot get close enough to the sphinx to touch it, there are ramps to allow you to get a good look, and some great photos.
You can touch the pyramids, and enter them. Some pyramids you climb up steps to get into, some you walk into...and the entry is a downward slope...so be careful. It is definitely worth going into a pyramid, even if you only go into one. But it is very HOT inside. If you wait outside to see other people coming out you will see the sweat pouring off them, lol.
If your trip is to include Upper Egypt, then you should definitely make sure you visit the Valley Of Kings, its amazing. The tombs there are really awesome, again you can go inside many of them, most of them here are easy access and easy to walk inside. Most Nile cruises include this trip along with other visits to tombs and temples...well worth it."
Its a wonderful country to visit, Good Luck and enjoy your trip. :)
Just looking at them from outside wouldn't be enough-I'd have to have a look inside as well. They're beyond fascinating to me, and I've had an interest in Ancient Egypt ever since I was a child in school where we learned about King Tut's tomb-as well as his burial mask. No misconception on my part, I'm not bragging, but I know my history.
I watch a lot of Egyptology shows on like the science channel, so I always figured there were areas open to the public, lol. Obviously not like new archaeological digs or anything, but the Great pyramids, sure. =]
We were about to go to Egypt last summer! I'm so sad we didn't.=/ We decided to only go to Kenya this time, but I would love to see the Pyramids one day! I've always thought people were allowed to go inside, it's good to have that confirmed though.
No I have seen the inside of the Pyramids ( on TV lol) and it looks just as magnificent as the outside. However, I am claustrophobic and I don't think I can do it . So I resign to see the inside from the videos and pictures :((
All those winding paths so dark. I'm getting claustrophobic thinking about it :o
I wasn't sure about it. I have wondered about it before also, but didn't know the correct answer. But man I would totally love to go in there and see everything that there is in the pyramids, they are so fascinating!
I just assumed you could only look around from the outside. o_o
In the movie Despicable Me, I think there's a scene where the Pyramid of Giza is 'stolen' and you can see spectators and tourists surrounding it and it's sectioned off with ropes. I guess I just assumed that's how it really is.