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View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo

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Do you know that you can see Egypt’s Great Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo?

Except for those who have been there, not many people know that the Great Pyramids of Egypt are actually just outside Cairo. It’s in a town called Giza and very accessible to public transport, too.

Before going there, I had this visuals that I had to travel an hour or two outside Egypt to reach the desert where the Pyramids are built. But, when I started to do my own research, I was surprised that it’s just there and I didn’t have to worry about getting there. In fact, I stayed just right across the Sphinx, that famous half-human, half-animal statue and guardian of the Pyramids.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

When I visited The Citadel on a searing afternoon heat, I didn’t even expect that I’d be seeing the Pyramids from one of it’s terraces. Or perhaps, I was too lucky that I was able to see it on that beautiful day, despite a bit of a smog that covered the city.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

I waited a bit longer for the smog to clear up until my point and shoot camera can finally capture it from afar.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

From the terrace of The Citadel, one can see the sprawling metropolis that is Cairo. Its busy streets are visible and the sounds of prayers from surroundings mosques are heard.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

In mid-March, however, the heat is just unbearable – and my only refuge was my hat. Though the place is huge, it was very crowded, too.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo.

Travel tip: 
I think it’s better to visit in the morning when bus tours and school excursionists aren’t there yet. Once they arrive and the sun gets hotter, the place quickly changes into a Cairo that you’ve always known: crowded, sticky hot and polluted.


If you want to stay in a guest house or a hotel with the view of the Pyramids, click here.

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