Then And Now: Urban Sprawl Closes In On The Great Pyramids

Published March 23, 2016
Updated February 5, 2018
Pyramids Then And Now

The pyramids of Giza in 1917. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Long before Indiana Jones inspired countless kids to study Egyptology, and before King Tut’s tomb was opened, travelers, researchers, and adventurers had had been travelling to Egypt to see the pyramids. But those people had a far different view of the pyramids than the one we have today.

Currently, the pyramids’ home city of Giza contains around 3.6 million people (with the surrounding greater Cairo metropolis containing just over 20 million), and that population has been quickly encroaching on the turf of the pyramids. Especially since the tumult following the Arab Spring, modern urban sprawl has inched closer and closer to these wonders of the ancient world.

Today, Giza’s past and present are nearly fighting for the exact same plot of land.

Today Giza

The pyramids of Giza in 2008. Image Source: Flickr

Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines is a freelance writer in New York City. He graduated from Auburn University, and his recent bylines can be found at Men's Journal, Inverse, and Grape Collective.
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