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Explore the Pyramids

Friday, September 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Explore the Pyramids

Welcome to Nova Online’s Pyramid. I’ve decided to bring you to the site from the table of contents, simply because it makes it easier to explore everything.

The table is broken down by pyramid and sphinx, as well as, excavation and the usual credit links.

The pyramids are Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure and you get the bonus of the Sphinx.

Khufu – Here you can view what it’s like to stand at the top of this pyramid and look out over the surrounding area with View from the Top. Thanks to QuickTime, you get a 360 degree view of the area. You’ll find the directions for looking around the image just above it. Want more detail and you have a cable or DSL connection? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and see the same view in high resolution. Don’t have QuickTime to see the VR photo? Well, just click the link About QuickTime VR and you’ll be whisked away to where you can learn about it and get it for free!

The Cross-Section link takes you to a diagram of the pyramid’s layout. From here, you can click the link to the Inside Story. The Inside Story not only gives you the history of the pyramid, but also allows you to step inside. You have several options of how you can travel inside. You can choose the High Resolution or Low Resolution Routes that use QuickTime VR or you can choose the Photographic Route which uses still images. Or you can choose to download the Whole Experience (2.7 MB) and browse through the whole pyramid without having to wait for the rooms to load and such.

I took the high resolution tour and boy was it breathtaking! It’s like you are actually walking and exploring inside the Khufu pyramid. In the pyramids section on the table of contents, you will also find links to learn about the history of Giza, learn about hieroglyphs and much, much more.

The Excavation section is a lot of information for you to read and learn about Giza, the pyramids and the Sphinx. Some of it is done in an interview style, some is just information presented to you. It’s a very interesting section. Especially reading over the newsflashes, I don’t know quite how to describe them to you. They are like newsflashes on TV, short blurbs that cover discoveries and regular things like the dig season coming to an end.

So, are you ready to go visit the Sphinx or look down over the land from the top of Khufu? Enjoy!

~ Amanda

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