The Great Pyramid at Giza

The Pyramid at Giza is the last of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing. That fact alone should be enough to land it on anyone’s travel wish list, and that’s before we mention the sheer architectural magnificence of the structure or its incredible historical importance. Imagine. Standing alone in the ruins of this great, bygone civilization, feeling the hairs on the back of your neck gently rising as the first rays of sunlight pierce the silence. Are you picturing it? Savor that feeling you just created: the real thing is almost nothing like that.

The pyramids today are a lot closer to civilization, about as remote and magically isolated as someone handing out free booze in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The edge of the Great Pyramid itself is just a few hundred yards from tacky hotels and the creep of civilization. You could almost fire a toy catapult from its base and crack the window of a KFC. Or a Pizza Hut. Yup, far from being an unspoiled ancient wonder, the necropolis complex is surrounded by the detritus of Western capitalism. You, lucky soul, can step over McDonald’s receipts and other trash on your way to see the Sphinx. However, it also provides plenty of other, slower victims whose souls can be devoured first should Imhotep happen to rise during your visit.

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