The Great pyramid at Giza (Khufu) is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain. Built 4,500 years ago, this defining symbol of the world, which we still look at in wonderment, has stood the test of time.
This ancient culture has brought us an infinite legacy of magic, knowledge, mythology and history.
Egypt's pharaohs anticipated to become gods in the afterlife. To prepare for the next world, they erected temples to the gods and colossal pyramid tombs for themselves, packed with all the things each ruler would need, to guide and sustain themselves in the next world.
You can go inside both the Great Pyramid (Khufu) and Khafre for an extra fee (400EGP for Khufu and 100EGP for Khafre).
There are some that say it is not worth going inside, as there is nothing to see, but personally, I think it is about the experience. This is the Great Pyramid of Giza, a mystical wonder of the world which we are still in awe of, and I didn't know if I was going to be here again.
When I had the chance to go inside this huge structure, I was both scared and excited. I knew, from what I was told, it would be a bit of a challenge. I looked up in awe as I try comprehend the magnitude. It all felt so surreal.
To start the climb, you must ascend on the outside, on the huge building blocks of limestone, where you will see plenty of people hanging out and taking pictures. I then entered and walked approximately 20m until I reached a small, narrow tunnel, which I had to crawl through.
At this point, I started to panic and question whether I really wanted to do this. I had to have a serious word with myself (“you got this, girl”). I took a deep breath and went for it, trying to scurry through as quickly as I could as I just wanted to reach the end.
It can feel very claustrophobic and my mind was running wild. Here I am, inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, which has been standing for 4,500 years and all that is in my mind at this point is that it might choose now to collapse. I know, ridiculous, but you can seriously start to panic so it is important to focus the mind.
Just as I got to the end of the tunnel and felt pretty pleased with myself, as I thought that was it, there was a chamber (the Queen's chamber) but it was locked. Myself and a couple of others on this what seemed like an “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” conquest looked around puzzled like “is this it?!” then we looked up and saw there was a further hike was needed up a slope with a wooden board with planks joining the board at intervals and wooden handrails to make a stairway. It is a maze of narrow passageways and shafts.
Note that the higher you climb, air can get extremely tight, it also smells of asphalt and gets very hot (March/April was ideal weather to go inside tombs).
When I eventually reached the top, there was a room (the King's chamber), with a sarcophagus inside. There were a few of us in there, the guard told me to stand in the middle of the room and to place my hands on the “coffin”. He said the middle of the room is the most powerful point, as this is the centre of the pyramid and where you will receive the most energy. I believe this is where the soul would leave the body.
I stood in the middle of the room with my hands on the “coffin“ and felt an intense divine energy. By this time I was the only one in the room. I went into a meditative trance like state and the energy was so overwhelming that I had to leave the room. It was in no way negative but very profound.
I had such a profound experience and overcame some fears in order to climb inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was such an amazing and immense energy. Such a powerful energy being stood at the centre of the pyramid!
There are no carvings inside, as decoration of the burial chambers with hieroglyphics is believed to have started in later pyramids. Because of this, many believe that it is a waste of time going in the Great Pyramid as there is nothing to see. I really believe that depends on the type of individual you are.
In conclusion, there may not be a lot to see, but there is certainly a lot to feel. This was a life-changing experience for me, and one which I will forever carry with me. Stop, tune in and feel the magic.
One line that sticks in my mind, is as exiting the oldest greatest wonder (The Great Pyramid at Giza), an Egyptian man turned to me and said "welcome home Sister!" – the timing of which, was no coincidence...
Though I came by myself on this journey, I am never alone - I am always guided by my Ancestors.
To visit the inside of the Great Pyramid: book your tour!
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