Egypt – Photo Essay

Year ago i visited Egypt, some say the epicenter of the human civilization (it’s not but ok), and i can say that it is one of the most mystical country i have ever visited. This amazing part of land has so much mystery and history that you will be amazed. I visited the Great Pyramids of Giza, those amazing structures give u the feeling like you are less of a human than the one who built them, and it’s true. Those huge rocks are brought from some other distant lands 11.000 years ago, no one knows how or with what. Guarded by the Sphinx they are standing above Cairo and making shadows around the land.

While i was standing in front of the Sphinx i was thinking (maybe like everybody else), what happened with the nose? So here is little help from Wikipedia.

  • The one-metre-wide nose on the face is missing. Examination of the Sphinx’s face shows that long rods or chisels were hammered into the nose, one down from the bridge and one beneath the nostril, then used to pry the nose off towards the south.
  • The Arab historian al-Maqrīzī, writing in the 15th century, attributes the loss of the nose to iconoclasm by Muhammad Sa’im al-Dahr, a Sufi Muslim from the khanqah of Sa’id al-Su’ada. In AD 1378, upon finding the local peasants making offerings to the Sphinx in the hope of increasing their harvest, Sa’im al-Dahr was so outraged that he destroyed the nose, and was hanged for vandalism. Al-Maqrīzī describes the Sphinx as the “talisman of the Nile” on which the locals believed the flood cycle depended.
  • There is also a story that the nose was broken off by a cannonball fired by Napoleon‘s soldiers, that still lives on today. Other variants indict British troops, the Mamluks, and others. Sketches of the Sphinx by the Dane Frederic Louis Norden, “View of the Sphinx, near Cairo” made in 1737 and published in 1755, illustrate the Sphinx missing its nose (see pictures below).
  • In addition to the lost nose, a ceremonial pharaonic beard is thought to have been attached, although this may have been added in later periods after the original construction. Egyptologist Vassil Dobrev has suggested that had the beard been an original part of the Sphinx, it would have damaged the chin of the statue upon falling. The lack of visible damage supports his theory that the beard was a later addition.

While admiring at those amazing structures the locals were jumping all around me offering me so souvenirs to sell, camels to ride and photos to take with them! That was 5$ !

I didn’t know about that when i saw one local riding a camel and i asked the man if i can take a picture of him riding the animal, he said okay, he started posing, acting and when we were done he came to me and asked for 100$, and normally i started arguing with him and he lowered the prize to 50$, we continue to argue until the police arrived and chase him away, but this is not the end … they said to me “let’s us show u from where u can make the best shot of the Cheops Pyramid” and i, naive as i am went with them and follow their tips, after the shoot they did the same, but they were cheaper and asked me for 2$ … well they were the police and anyway i was happy to give them 2$ just for chasing the crazy camel rider from my sight.

When i left Giza, the bus took me to the Egyptian museum of national history. The bus left me in front of the museum and left. When he left i saw that we were guarded by the army who was positioned like a live fence in the middle of street. The army was guarding us from the people who were demonstrating 30 meters across the museum in front of some other building, but they didn’t bother with the tourists, it was like we weren’t there, they had their cause and we were not part of it, so we were pretty safe.

The museum is amazing, some artifacts older than the bible right in front of you give you the feeling like you are part of their time.

Here is some info about the museum from Wikipedia

  • The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. The Egyptian government established the museum, built in 1835 near the Ezbekeyah Garden. The museum soon moved to Boulaq in 1858 because the original building was getting to be too small to hold all of the artifacts. In 1855, shortly after the artifacts were moved, Archduke Maximilian of Austria was given all of the artifacts. He hired a French architect to design and construct a new museum for the antiquities. The new building was to be constructed on the bank of the Nile River in Boulaq. In 1878, after the museum has been completed for some time, it suffered some irreversible damage; a flood of the Nile River caused the antiquities to be relocated to another museum, in Giza. The artifacts remained there until 1902 when they were moved, for the last time, to the current museum in Tahrir Square. During the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the museum was broken into, and two mummies were reportedly destroyed. Several artifacts were also shown to have been damaged.

This is enough for the first part of the story, in the second you will read some stories that have been told to me from some locals in Cairo and about their life style.

P.S. There will be one story about a man who had more than 44 kids and made love with girls from every Egyptian city 🙂

The Horseman

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Rest

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