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Grand Pyramids Hotel
Location Grand Pyramids Hotel is located on the Mariotteya area pyramids street. Such special location is offering to the Hotel’s Guests in-house a short way to the unforgettable sightseeing’ of the Giza Pyramids & Sphinx or Sakkara, meanwhile only 30 minutes from Cairo’s city center and 40 km from the Cairo international airport.
239 Deluxe Rooms featuring: Twin or King size bed, Individual Controlled Air Conditioning, Mini bar, Satellite LCD-TV, Hair Dryer, Hot and Cold Shower, in-room electronic safe box & Hi speed Internet access. Each of the 239 specially designed rooms are located within five stories buildings are benefiting from a large private balcony with Pyramids, Swimming pool or Gardens view. Rooms are exclusively decorated with wooden furniture & all the floor are covered by quality carpet for offering comfort & quite move.
• Air conditioning • Direct dial phone • Television with satellite channels • 24 Hours room services • High speed internet access • Mini fridge • Pyramids View Room Types: • Standard • Superior • Suite RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES Inspiring style selection of outdoor and indoor restaurants, specializes in Oriental, Thai, Italian and International cuisines open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Palma D’ore Casual setting International Cuisine restaurant serving open buffet style including Pasta station, B.B.Q or A La Carte menu with outdoor terrace.
Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Bua Khao Cuisine restaurant Specialized Thai restaurant, decorated with gold texture exposing the Asiatic touch while enjoying the flavored smell of many delicious spices & live special Thai dishes cooking. Open daily 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm Buo Khao Lounge Bar The tempting area you can Enchant with your favorite drink while listing to well selection of music tracks or watching the LCD-TV. Open daily 11:00 am till 01.00 am Lobby Lounge Refreshment Gourmet & lounge serving freshly baked pastries, light snacks, cocktails and wide selection of hot & cold beverage while listening to our Pianist & Entertainment.
Open daily from 9:00 am till 2:00 am Lucciano Restaurant One of The Hotel’s Signature Outlets serving typical traditional Italian cuisine on romantic candle light with a great view of the swimming pool. Open daily from 12:00 pm till Midnight Bedouin Tent Indoor & outdoor Arabian style tent offering Specialized oriental & Egyptian Cuisine for lunch & dinner with wide selection of Egyptian specialty beverages & Shisha corner Open daily from: 12:00 pm till 2:00 am La Pergola La pergola is an outdoor outlet with selection of international dishes and Shisha corner. Open daily from: 12:00 pm till 2:00 am Recreation Swimming : Outdoor pool Children’s pool outdoor Indoor pool Relax yourself by Grand Pyramids Spa: Different kind of Massage. Steam Room. Gym.
65 U.S. $ per person in double room based on bed & breakfast and inclusive of service charge & taxes. Rate valid for all markets except West European . 55 Euro per person in double room based on bed & breakfast and inclusive of service charge & taxes. Rate valid for West European . Note : Rate valid from 1/11/2010to 30/4/2011 Supplement for new year gala dinner ( compulsory) per person 98 $ or 72 euro. Supplement for x.mas gala dinner (optional) per person 59 $ or 46 euro. Grand Pyramids Hotel cairo.
The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that a tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) has been discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawass and his team in the Valley of the Kings. They’ve been searching for this tunnel for over twenty years in the West Bank necropolis. Dr. Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission, finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174m long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007. The tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I. In addition to excavating the tunnel, the team braced the walls and ceiling with metal supports. They also built a wooden walkway over the original stone staircase of the tunnel to preserve it and installed a mining car system to remove rubble from the team’s excavations. During their work, the mission uncovered many shabtis and pottery fragments that dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (1569-1315 BC). Several limestone ostraca fragments, as well as a small boat model made of faience were also found. During their excavation of the staircase, the team found that three of the steps were decorated with red graffiti.
The only other excavation of the tunnel took place in 1960 under the direction of Sheikh Ali Abdel Rassoul. His team was able to reach a depth of 136m but they had to stop their excavation because it was too hard to breath. Upon reaching the end of the 136m section, which had been partially excavated by Abdel-Rasoul's workmen, Dr. Hawass’s team were shocked to uncover a descending passage which measures 25.60m in length and 2.6m wide. The mission eventually uncovered a fifty-four step, descending staircase.
After the first descending passage, a second staircase measuring 6 meters long was cut into the rock. At the beginning of this passage the team found a false door decorated with hieratic text that reads: “Move the door jamb up and make the passage wider." These written instructions must have been left from the architect to the workmen who were carving out the tunnel. Dr. Hawass said that when he went inside the tunnel of King Seti I for the first time he noticed that the walls were well finished and that there were remains of preliminary sketches of decoration that would be placed on the walls. Unfortunately none of this was every completed. Dr. Hawass added that he was very surprised to find a second staircase inside the tunnel. It appears that the last step was never finished and the tunnel ends abruptly after the second staircase.
Dr. Hawass believes that the workmen and artists first finished the original tomb of Seti I during his twelve-year reign and then began to construct the tunnel. It appears that Seti I was trying to construct a secret tomb inside a tomb. It is likely that when Seti I died his son, Ramesses II (1304-1237BC), had to stop the work and bury has father. Dr. Hawass believes that Ramesses II continued where his father had left off and constructed his own tunnel within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Egyptian mission is currently working in the tomb of Ramesses II to preserve the wall paintings and to look for a similar tunnel to the one in the tomb of Seti I.
The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb. The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb, and even before the room had been opened, I could see the statue's crystal eyes gazing back at me. The statue shows Kai sitting on a high-backed chair. He wears a shoulder length wig, decorated with horizontal rows of curls. Each eye is framed in cooper, while his eyebrows are in raised relief. The lips are thin and finely drawn. The musculature of the body is very well defined and Kai's right arm is bent across his chest. His left arm is resting on his lap on top of his short, white shendyt-kilt. The base of the statue is decorated with five lines of hieroglyphic text which list Kai's title including the "Steward of the Great Estate." On either side of Kai are his two children. They are very small figures and barely reach to his knee caps. His daughter is sitting next to his left leg in a long white sheath dress. Kai's son is standing naked next to his right leg. Depictions of naked figures with their finger to their lips, was an ancient Egyptian artistic convention for depicting male children.