"Khufu's (Cheops') Solar Boat" Egypt Things to Do Tip by al2401

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  Solar Boat of Khufu
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  • Pit where Khufu's Solar Boat was found - Egypt
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This is a must see.

The boat played a special part in funeral ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Not only was a boat required to carry the body across the Nile, it was a symbol of the journey of the soul in the boat of Ra to be judged before Osiris in the underworld.

The museum is built over the excavation site at the foot of the pyramid of Khufu and contains the actual, reconstructed boat used in the funerary ceremonies of the pharaoh aver 4000 years ago.

The boat is still beautiful. Stretching almost 150 feet in length some of the timbers are made from whole cedars from Lebanon. The design an construction techniques are similar to those used in feluccas today.

The museum charges a separate entry of about 40LE and provides overshoes to protect the floor and prevent too much desert sand from getting in. The overshoes can be a bit slippery especially on the stairs.

Address: Pyramids of Giza
Directions: At the base of the pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)

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  • Written Jan 24, 2010
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