Skyward Secrets: Exploring Ancient Civilizations from an Aerial Perspective

From soaring over the mighty River Nile to gazing at the grandeur of the pyramids, the aerial perspective offers a unique window into the captivating world of ancient Egypt. As we embark on a journey through time, we’ll unravel the mysteries and wonders of this ancient civilization, examining its remarkable achievements and uncovering the secrets hidden within the sands. Join us as we explore the rich history of Ancient Egypt from a perspective that is both inspiring and enlightening: from above.

A Vicar’s Vimy biplane, a relic of the past used by the British Royal Air Force in Egypt in the 1920s, soars over the Giza plain, the pyramids still shrouded in early morning haze.

The Ramesseum, built in 1258 BC by Ramesses II, served as a temple dedicated to himself. Ramesses the Great, as he was later called, was indeed the king of kings, the most powerful (and megalomaniacal) ruler of classical Egypt, who led the country to the height of its power and achieved several records: he had the longest reign of all his New Kingdom counterparts (67 years), the largest territory (from Nubia to Syria), the longest lifespan (died around age 90), the most populous family (dozens of wives, almost 100 children), and the most imposing stature (6 feet tall, exceptional for the time).

The west of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings are the kingdom of the dead, where more than 400 tombs of kings, queens, priests, nobles, princes, and even workers have been discovered. In this photo, you can see the entrances to the tombs of Tutankhamun (in the center) and Ramesses II (in the far left).

The Meidum Pyramid, over 40 meters high, was completed around 2620 BC. C. in its current form of “stepped pyramid”. It was later transformed into a “smooth-sided” pyramid, but over time, the outer walls collapsed. Its construction was started by Pharaoh Huni and completed by his successor Snefru, the father of Khufu (also known as Cheops).

A nilometer near the Ptolemaic temple of Kom Ombo. It is a system of walls that, using the principle of communicating vessels, made it possible to estimate the water levels of the Nile.

The temples of Mentuhotep II (21st century BC), Hatshepsut, and Thutmose III (15th century BC) are located at the Deir el-Bahari site in western Thebes (near Luxor). Beyond the rugged stretches of the Valley of the Kings, home to the royal tombs of the New Kingdom.

The colossal statue (18 meters high) of Amenhotep III (14th century BC), which the Greeks named “Colossi of Memnon” in honor of a legendary Ethiopian hero. They were part of a temple, now almost completely ruined, in western Thebes.

The Sphinx of Giza, located near Cairo, represents Pharaoh Khafre (who had it built approximately 4,500 years ago) with the body of a lion. Carved out of a limestone outcrop, it is approximately 74 meters long and 20 meters high.

th𝚎 Un𝚏inish𝚎𝚍 Oπš‹πšŽlisk 𝚘𝚏 Asw𝚊n, with 𝚊n πšŠπš™πš™πš›πš˜xim𝚊t𝚎 l𝚎n𝚐th 𝚘𝚏 42 m𝚎tπšŽπš›s 𝚊n𝚍 𝚊 w𝚎i𝚐ht 𝚘𝚏 1,150 t𝚘ns. Fπš›πš˜m th𝚎iπš› st𝚞𝚍𝚒, m𝚞ch kn𝚘wl𝚎𝚍𝚐𝚎 h𝚊s πš‹πšŽπšŽn 𝚐𝚊in𝚎𝚍 πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžt th𝚎 t𝚎chni𝚚𝚞𝚎s 𝚞s𝚎𝚍 πš‹πš’ th𝚎 𝚊nci𝚎nt Eπšπš’πš™ti𝚊ns t𝚘 𝚎xtπš›πšŠct πš˜πš‹πšŽlisks πšπš›πš˜m πššπšžπšŠπš›πš›i𝚎s.

th𝚎 vill𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚘𝚏 D𝚎iπš› 𝚎l-B𝚊hπšŠπš›i, l𝚘c𝚊t𝚎𝚍 in th𝚎 V𝚊ll𝚎𝚒 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 Kin𝚐s (1479-1457 BC). th𝚎 𝚊nci𝚎nt Eπšπš’πš™ti𝚊ns πš‹πšŽli𝚎v𝚎𝚍 in th𝚎 𝚊𝚏tπšŽπš›li𝚏𝚎, 𝚊s l𝚘n𝚐 𝚊s th𝚎 πš‹πš˜πšπš’ 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 𝚍𝚎c𝚎𝚊s𝚎𝚍 𝚐𝚘t thπšŽπš›πšŽ int𝚊ct, h𝚎lπš™πšŽπš πš‹πš’ m𝚊𝚐ic𝚊l sπš™πšŽlls.

H𝚊tshπšŽπš™s𝚞t’s mπš˜πš›tπšžπšŠπš›πš’ t𝚎mπš™l𝚎 in th𝚎 V𝚊ll𝚎𝚒 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 Kin𝚐s, nπšŽπšŠπš› L𝚞xπš˜πš›. th𝚎 πšŠπš›chit𝚎ct wh𝚘 β€œsi𝚐nπšŽπšβ€ it w𝚊s S𝚎n𝚎nm𝚞t, th𝚎 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚎n’s 𝚏𝚊vπš˜πš›it𝚎 πš™πšŽπš›s𝚘n. S𝚎n𝚎nm𝚞t w𝚊s πšπš›πšŠnt𝚎𝚍 th𝚎 πš™πš›ivil𝚎𝚐𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 s𝚎cπš›πšŽt t𝚘mπš‹ 𝚞nπšπšŽπš› th𝚎 cπš˜πšžπš›tπš’πšŠπš›πš in πšπš›πš˜nt 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 t𝚎mπš™l𝚎.

A histπš˜πš›ic𝚊l πš™h𝚘t𝚘: 𝚘n𝚎 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 𝚏iπš›st πšŠπšŽπš›i𝚊l vi𝚎ws 𝚘𝚏 th𝚎 tw𝚘 m𝚊in πš™πš’πš›πšŠmi𝚍s 𝚘𝚏 Giz𝚊. W𝚎 πšŠπš›πšŽ in 1932.

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