Major throwback to the summer of 2018.
After an intense meditation inside the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid, we set out to explore everything in its surroundings.
Curiosity led us inside Menkaure's Pyramid, tiniest of the three main pyramids in Giza. (Tiny of course is a misnomer for this gigantic monument. It is small in size only in relation to the others.) A kind-hearted guard led us to one of the powerful spots inside Menkaure's Pyramid. In complete isolation, we spent a few minutes of meditation and silent introspection.
We left our hotel that morning with the sole mission of meditating inside the Great Pyramid for two intense hours. What we never imagined was that our private visit would lead inside not one, but two of the most iconic Pyramids in the world.
It is things like this that make a trip to Egypt unforgettable. Such encounters distinguish it from just another touristy trip to a new country.
Although we all know that the Great Pyramid of Giza (the Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops) was the tallest structure in the world for nearly four thousand years, I don’t think you can properly conceive how enormously huge it really is (even while you’re looking at it from afar), unless you start climbing it. Suddenly you realize that each stone-block of the pyramid is bigger than you and then it comes to your mind that the exact number of stones used for its construction was orginally estimated at 2,300,000 blocks weighing from 2-30 tons each with some weighing as much as 70 tons...
Some 4,000 years ago, the pyramid did not look like this. It was covered in polished limestone, referred to as “casing stones”. The cuts made in this reflective stone were angled perfectly, so it would have had a smooth, flath appearance. This would have made the giant structures brightly reflect the light of the sun like a mirror. According to some reports, the ancient Egyptians even called the Great Pyramid of Giza ‘Ikhet’ which means ‘Glorious Light.’ There are so many enigmas that surround this ancient wonder, but the fact that once it was completed, the Pyramid shone like a star might be the most important one considering its real purpose. Some researchers have calculated that these casing stones would have acted like a supermassive mirror, reflecting light so powerful that the pyramid may have even been visible from the MOON, like a shining star on Earth. Among many other peculiar facts often quoted is the one that the speed of light coincidentally equals the exact coordinates of the Great Pyramid of Giza; the speed of light through vacuum is 299,792,458 m/s; a geographic coordinate of 29.9792458, 31.134658 will end up on the Great Pyramid Of Giza.