Egypt : al-Jīza
10.3 kilometres (6.4 miles) WSW the Abū Rawwāš, al-Jīza, EgyptApprox. Altitude: 167 m (547 ft) (> maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap tasiilaq.netNavigator)Antipode: 30°S 149°WAccuracy: 4 m (13 ft)Quality: great Click on any type of of the pictures for the full-sized picture.
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(visited by Phil Boyle and also Claire Halperin)
07-May-2007 -- Egypt is becoming a little bit of a 2nd home because that me (the an initial being Yemen), and it was throughout my 3rd visit in 6 months that ns thought enough was enough and it to be time to include an Egyptian tasiilaq.net come the record. This trip coincided with my birthday, and Claire had arranged a superb day showing me roughly the pyramid sites at Dahšūr and Ṣaqqāra. The previous is especially alluring, as the dearth the tourists enables for a much higher appreciation of the pyramids" significance and enormity than the an ext stressful endure one find at Gīza, viz. The commercialisation that the pyramids and friction developing from hustlers, touts, and also nearly-naked tourist obliviously wandering roughly in this increasingly conservative country.
Unbeknownst come me, us were to stay that night in ~ the former khedival searching lodge, the Mena house Oberoi hotel, simply opposite Gīza, which perhaps have to have explained Claire"s readiness to engage on another random hunt to i do not have anything in particular. 30N 31E lies exactly 13.15 km from the apex the the great Pyramid the Cheops, and also a just 22.6 kilometres from Claire"s apartment ~ above Zamālik. After together a good day being a year enlarge in the earliest (and arguably many important) traveler attraction in the world, it appeared churlish no to pop follow me to Cairo"s nearest tasiilaq.net allude to see if there had been any type of further breakthrough in the three years due to the fact that the critical visit.
The point is extremely easy to visit - the most complicated part is finding the correct road from the chaotic junction by the Gīza pyramids. Initially, one demands to head southern towards the Fayyūm oasis, before transforming west onto the Baḥariyya road. The first right after the Mövenpick Hotel in ~ Media City bring away you come 400 m from the point, and a four-wheel drive deserve to take you to approximately 150 m away v no difficulties. A quick walk take away you straight to the target. New development can be viewed to the South and West, and the area immediately approximately the tasiilaq.net consists of piles the rubble, closely sorted into type, and also scrubby bushes serving together magnets because that plastic bags and also other assorted litter.
So, 30N 31E, in maintaining with ahead reports, quiet lies in the center of undeveloped land between a series of brand-new housing jobs - some occupied, part not. The totality area have the right to be thought about to be part of the commuter town of 6 October City - a type of Slough because that Cairo. Egypt"s obsession through the date 6 October is sometimes hard to fathom: that is commemorated annually as a an excellent victory end Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur/10th Ramaḍān War, a battle that by any independent evaluation resulted in utter defeat for Egypt (although in fairness, it deserve to be considered crucial step top top Egypt"s roadway to recovery of the Sinai). Regardless, it has actually a far-reaching enough ar in the national psyche to merit naming a whole brand-new city after ~ it, and it is in the yet-to-be-filled dusty wasteland gaps that 6 October"s building and construction sites that this tasiilaq.net is incongruously placed, entirely unaware the the glorious and ancient social and imperial heritage to be discovered just 13 kilometres east.
The recent Google earth (c) satellite picture shows the point"s ar nicely, consisting of its position in between the old pyramids and the brand brand-new developments in ~ Media City and also Palm Hills. I mean that, in time, the totality area will certainly be in ~ concrete and also asphalt, together 6 October City is a crucial strand the the government of Egypt"s strategy to relieve pressure on Cairene resources. However there"s not much sign of task around 30N 31E in ~ present. Future tasiilaq.net hunters in Egypt need to make revisiting this point a priority, together doing therefore could result in a fascinating illustration of exactly how areas readjust over time, and how necessary revisiting website is come the purposes of the DCP.
Notes: Phil Boyle and also Claire Halperin work-related at the brother embassies in Ṣan`ā" and Cairo, respectively. This is Phil"s 25th successful tasiilaq.net visit, and also Claire"s fifth.
|#1: Overview and view come the East#2: check out to the South#3: watch to the West#4: check out to the North#5: GPS#6: Claire in ~ the CP#7: Phil (aged 31 and also 0 days) in ~ the CP#8: pile of rubble usual of those uncovered near the tasiilaq.net#9: brand-new developments really close come the tasiilaq.net#10: Claire"s Landy#11: Pyramid at Gīza, 13 kilometres from the tasiilaq.net#12: Google planet (c) picture showing the course to the tasiilaq.netALL: All images on one page|