Egypt, 1938

Egypt, 1938

Sun-bathing on top of the pyramids- much has changed in Egypt since then

Bibek Bhattacharya
July 11 , 2014
Less than 1 Min Read

Egypt has been, for well over a century at least, a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Among the first of Egypt’s most famous ancient landmarks to get visitors was the Giza complex, with the three Great Pyra­mids, the Sphinx and a host of other lesser monuments, tombs of various Pharaonic royal family members and workers’ village.

It has long been the custom for local Bedouins to guide well-paying European tourists up to the top of some of the smaller pyramids to see the sunset. However, this photo is unique in many ways. The most obvi­ous fact is that the well-heeled and beautiful young men and women are having a picnic in the shadow of the Great Pyramid. And what’s more, they’re sun-bathing! In a way, they capture a different era, an innocence as well as wealthy easy living that the looming World War II would oblit­erate forever. Much water has flowed down the Nile since then...

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