Giza Project: A Virtual Tour of Ancient Egypt


The Great Pyramid of Giza, located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, is one of the oldest buildings in the world. In addition to its historical value, it is a highly valued tourist destination globally.

In order to bring more people closer to this thousand-year-old attraction, Harvard University and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched the Giza Project, an initiative that makes available to the public a complete virtual tour based on real photographs, instead of of a digital reconstruction.

A virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza, made up of millions of stone blocks, currently measures 138.8 meters. Currently, the tomb of Pharaoh Cheops is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing along with his two companions, the pyramids built by his son Khafre and his grandson Menkaure.

This impressive construction, whose work was completed approximately during the year 2570 a. C., has been studied in detail for much of history. Lately, even with the help of robots, plus the application of other more advanced and modern techniques, it continues to be the subject of studies, as specialists in the field assure that this work still preserves some undiscovered secrets.

All the mystique surrounding this historic building has made the pyramids of Egypt a highly valued tourist destination year after year. However, this has never ceased to be an exclusive destination, which is not affordable for any public, especially if they come from remote locations.

Thanks to a joint effort between Harvard University and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Giza Project emerged, an initiative that allows any visitor, without prior registration, to take a virtual tour from their computer or mobile.

The route offered by this virtual experience begins in the so-called “thief’s tunnel”, a point from where the tourist routes that take place in the place currently begin. What is interesting about this virtual tour is that it includes, in addition to the sectors open to tourists, areas restricted to the public, such as the underground chamber of the pyramid.

This complete virtual tour, which includes both the interior and exterior of the tomb of Cheops, is available in 3D, complemented by 360ยบ spherical images.

To access this experience, simply access the Giza Project website and follow the navigation instructions, available in Spanish. In the middle of the route, it is possible to access various points accompanied by complete explanatory texts, just as if it were a real tourist visit.

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