Business Trip to Egypt in January 2009
Impressions of Cairo and 6th of October City
In February 2009 I had a servicing job on a chocolate production line at Mars Company in 6th of October City which is 17 km far from the great Pyramids of Giza and 32 km far from Cairo downtown. It's one of the first chocolate production line I did together with my collegue back in the year 2004.
Cairo is the capital and largest city in Egypt. It is the most populous metropolitan area in Egypt and is also one of the most populous in the world. It is the Arab World's largest and Africa's most populous city. Cairo's metropolitan area has a population of about 17.8 million people and is located on the banks and islands of the Nile River in the north of Egypt.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now Cairo, Egypt, and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for Fourth dynasty Egyptian King Cheops and constructed over a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
Originally the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface, and what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There have been varying scientific and alternative theories regarding the Great Pyramid's construction techniques. Most accepted construction theories are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place.
The Great Pyramid consists of more than 2.3 million limestone blocks. The Egyptians shipped the limestone blocks from quarries all along the Nile River. The stone was cut by hammering wedges into the stone. Then, the wedges were soaked with water. The wedges expanded, causing the rock to crack. Once they were cut, they were carried by boat either up or down the Nile River to the pyramid.
The sphinx is a mythological figure which is depicted as a recumbent lion with a human head. It has its origins in sculpted figures of Old Kingdom Egypt. Similar creatures appear throughout South and South-East Asia, and the sphinx enjoyed a major revival in European decorative art from the Renaissance onwards.
That day I returned to Switzerland, I took the opportunity to pass the world famous Cheops Pyramids before getting to the airport, just to get a few snapshoots for my album. Then when I was taking the first few pics, you won't believe what happened to me... I got attacked and bitten by a CAMEL really badly!
I now can tell you... that HURTS! But it made this trip unforgettable to me :-)