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- The most original Pyramids! Ok, they might not look like we have pyramids in mind. We always think, all pyramids must look like the Pyramids of Giza. But the "perfect shape" is not preserved in most of the almost 100 pyramids, still to be seen in Egypt. Abusir Pyramids are halfway between Giza and Sakkara. And you litterally pass by them. Its a huge field, the significant onces are (like in Giza) 3 greater pyramids. But if you have time, go to walk some 400 meters to the sun temple of Niuserre and feel the atmosphere. You will not regret and you will tell your folks back home: "I have been an archeologist in Egypt"!Written 2 February 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- According to available information a plate at the foot of the obelisk says it was found in Tanis (a town in Ancient Egypt that is currently called San el-Hagar) and erected at this site in 1984 to become the first object greeting visitors on their arrival to Cairo. The red granite obelisk is 63 feet high and and weighs about 120 tons. King Ramses II ruled Egypt between 1301 and 1235 B.C. The obelisk was officially inaugurated April 25, 1984 the second anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai desert. The obelisk can be easily seen from your bus or taxi as you arrive and leave the airport but is actually difficult to physically to get to and examine.Written 27 June 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The obelisk in Mattariya, Cairo, is probably the oldest obelisk in Egypt and was for a long time the only witness of the ancient pharaonic city of Heliopolis. Some more remnants of ancient temples with hieroglyphic inscriptions had been excavated in the past few years, mainly when excavating foundations for new buildings. Some stunning huge granite blocks and a sarcophagus were digged out. Rumors have it that most house owners in the area dig below their foundations and find a never ending supply of artefacts for the black market. Now finally there is an open air museum to be visited, just opened less then 2 week ago. Nicely done. What is really disturbing beside the hassle of more or less small children pestering tourists is the incredible stench of the garbage pit surrounding the site from three sides. The garbage dump is still active, an unbelievable sight and even vultures circling above. An extremely sad and outrageous situation. Should you see the place? Well, if you are on the track of the Holy Family through Egypt, yes, the obelisk is near to the Tree of the Virgin Mary. Otherwise please admire the artifacts and colossal figures brought from the Heliopolis area to the Egyptian museum.Written 28 February 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Photo belongs to Abu Simbel in the upper Egypt. Please remove this picture from the local attraction, it has nothing to do with CairoWritten 9 May 2014This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.