Cairo.co.uk » Featured http://www.cairo.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:18:46 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9 en hourly 1 The Nile River http://www.cairo.co.uk/38/the-nile-river/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/38/the-nile-river/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:57:20 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=38 The Nile river stretches thousands of miles fromm Northern Africa on south, across deserts and through Cairo Egypt, providing a life giving source of sustenance to a plethora of ecosystems. It is listed as the single longest river in the world, with two main tributaries adding to its beauty and size, the White and Blue Nile. The Blue Nile provides most of the river its water and mass, with its life giving soil, while the white tributary is the longer of the two. The majority of the populated areas, minus a few coastal cities are built upon the banks of the northern section of this river. The entire country of Egypt itself has depended on the Nile river for its existence since ancient times. Flowing northward, it ends in a delta that empties out into the Mediterranean sea.

The Nile currently in Africa is one of 5 rivers that has flowed north out of Sudan since ancient times. Many an era has seen the source of the waters become obscured, or the pathway it takes totally obstructed or changed, creating a completely new river system. People throughout ancient times as well were perpetually trying to find the source of the Nile and its life giving qualities, but even the Greeks and Romans were unable to penetrate that far to discover the course of the flowing water.

It had mystique, it was a seemingly never ending flow of water that expanded beyond the horizon. It solely kept thousands of years of the Egyptian civilizations alive and strong, being considered one of the greatest empires known to man. And, still, to this day explorers are constantly desiring to find more and more about the source of the river itself. Documentaries and films by explorers and companies are periodically filmed still, all in the quest to discover every last bit of knowledge about this ancient giver of life, known as the Nile river. Maybe someday, we will know it all. But, that’s also what humanity has been saying about this rivers mysteries since the dawn of time.

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Visit The Giza Pyramid Complex http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:45:55 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=35 When many of us picture in our minds ancient Egypt, we conjure up images of great pyramids, sand dines, and desert landscapes. Sometimes, a specific pyramid comes to mind, even though many of the burial complexes were in Valleys and other areas across the Egyptian landscape. We often picture the Great Pyramid, and the surrounding facilities and structures. This, is what is known as the Giza Necropolis.

Consisting of a few structures, the complex covers an ample space of land. The Great Pyramid, known by some as the pyramid of Cheops, is the central focal point of the complex when remembered by many. There exists a smaller pyramid of Khafre South West of the Great pyramid; While the Sphinx, the great massive animal and human combined. A few hundred meters beyond Khafres tomb, exists the pyramid of Menkaure. Amongst these mainstays and very visible structures exists a scattered grouping of smaller pyramids, queens pyramids, Valley types, and causeways.

Existing as the only structure showing any of its original casing of polished limestone, Menkaures Pyramid is the most intact. Khafres facility has a grouping of the stones at its Apex, still retaining some of that renowned limestone casting. The great pyramid became, in Hellenistic times, a popular location, gaining it status as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

People also think that the pyramids are off in this remote portion of desert, unable to be traveled to without extensive travel; but they would be wrong. That was something happening with their popularization during the Nineteenth century and many of the photographs that came out of that era. They didn’t show anything of the surrounding area, and only showcased the complex itself. It is actually in, and part of the largest city in Egypt, Cairo.

All of the pyramids at the Great Pyramid location, Memphis, Dashur, and a few others were declared a World Heritage Site. That means, it is a precious complex, of value to the entire world, declared so by the UN. The Giza Necropolis holds some of the most ancient civilizations secrets, and as such should be revered and protected.

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The Valley Of The Kings http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:16:49 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=27 The valley of the kings exists in Egypt as one, if not the largest, burial places of Egyptian royalty and nobility. It lasted for about 500 years, when every king was buried within the Theban Necropolis at the site. It stands opposite of Luxor, on the banks of the Nile in what used to be ancient Thebes. The site complex itself is continuously being excavated, and at last total the area encased a sum total of 63 tombs, with sizes ranging from a small, few feet in diameter pit area, to massive complexes by themselves containing hundreds of rooms. It is to be expected, in some way though, having been the burial spot of the nobility of the New Kingdom. Opulence is still shown in the tombs, though the majority of them have been robbed and pillaged.

The entire area has existed for quite sometime as a large scale excavation and archaeological expedition by multiple countries. The knowledge that can be gained, and the mysteries unlocked keep explores going, and governments and private contractors spending money on the digs. Multiple countries finance digs here, and some work together; yet there are those in competition as any other field to find the biggest and best discovery. That is most likely to continue with further discoveries being made on a regular basis.

The most popular and known find in the Valley was most likely King Tutankhamun, who most label as “King Tut”. Around the turn of the century, after having gone through many excavations and been declared barren, the famed expedition team led by Howard Carter, financed by Lord Carnavon, continued onward in the previously discovered tombs. Not long after the century shifted, they broke through a set of final walls, and came into the presence of the Sarcophagus and its famed and familiar gold covering. That is one of the moments sealing the Valley of the Kings into memory of the common populace.

The years ahead will most likely find more and more secrets, and tombs of lost kings and their families. Who knows, maybe we will find some long lost knowledge beneficial to our modern time? The Valley of the Kings; remaining a source of secrets for ages to come.

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