Mieh w Mieh
- Scenes From the World - Egypt
Early maps show little but the Giza Pyramids on the west bank of the Nile at
Cairo, Egypt. The Mohandiseen, Agouza and Doqqi areas were developed as
middle class residential areas mostly during the 1960's and 70's to support
these new Egyptian professionals. Most of the appeal in the area, other than
Giza, are good restaurants, shopping and a few cultural centers and museums.
Giza is more then the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and more even then the other
pharaonic monuments around them.
The Great Sphynx, the symbol of Egypt itself. The Sphynx dates to the Old
Kingdom according to Egyptologist. Its context suggest that it belongs to
Khafre's complex, but there is no direct evidence for this. It is 20 meters
high and over 50 meters long. It is a symbiotic creature, part man, part
lion. The Sphynx was carved directly into the limestone plateau. You can see
the layering across the body. The head is of a harder stone thus its better
preservation. The Sphynx gazes due east. The Sphynx was covered up to its
neck in sand until the mid nineteen twenties. Even in Ancient times there
are accounts of the Sphynx being dug out from the sand.