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Learn The City of History - Day 3

Cairo, Egypt

It is now my last day before I leave Egypt for now. I wanted to go somewhere special so I wanted to see the ancient world of Cairo. I first go to the Babylon Fortress. It was built by the Romans which was in a strategic position to dominate Egypt along the Nile. They built several churches and a monastery embedded within the fortress. The fortress’ towers are almost 10 meters high and 31 meters in diameter and the walls are almost 3 meters thick.

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I later got a taxi and for a few minute drive to The Great Sphinx. It is one of Egypt's greatest mysteries. It is also the largest monolithic statue and the oldest known monumental sculpture in the world. It has a head of a man and the body of a lion. There are many question to ask like who made it? or why it has a broken nose? This great monument has many wonders.

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I decided to skip the pyramids of Giza till night time and go to Saqqara Step Pyramid. Known to be the world’s oldest monumental masonry structure. It was build for the first or second king of the third dynasty Djoser. The step pyramid is made of lime stone. It is massive and contains only one tight corridor leading to the close midst of the monument, ending in a rough chamber where the entrance to the tomb shaft was hidden. This inner construction was later filled with rubble, for it was of no use anymore.

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It was getting dark so I went back to see the Pyramids of Giza. It is the greatest pyramid of the complex. A truly overwhelming sight. Being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is the only one still standing to this day! But at night it comes to life with magical sound and light setting. It is sight to remember and see.

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My whole experience in Cairo was amazing. I the Ancient side, the Coptic side, and the Islamic side of the city. It is very rich in history and I hope to see more when I come back!

Posted by justinroska 13:41 Archived in Egypt

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