Every person on earth have heard of, and seen a picture of the Pyramids. For thousands of years.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Official title: Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
Date of Inscription: 1979
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 86:
“The capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt has some extraordinary funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples and pyramids. In ancient times, the site was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.”
Travelling with my young son in 2005 I wrote this in my blog entry.
“We walked around the largest, the Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), and entered the middle one, the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren), and rode a camel on a hill near the smallest, the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mykerinos). My son was struck by the size of the animal and refused to climb it. But we rode 300 metres together and he was all happy about that.”
I might add that if there is one structure on this planet that everyone has heard of or seen a picture of it must be one of these pyramids. The pyramids at Giza are also the only remaining of the ancient Seven Wonders.
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