Visit to the Pyramids
The Pyramids of Giza, called Al-Ahram – built for the 4th-dynasty (c. 2575–2465 BC) kings Khufu (Greek: Cheops), Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mykerinus) – are the last survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.
It is an unbelievable experience to view this masterpiece of architecture while surrounded by the Sahara desert.
Only when you stand next to the Pyramids, you get a real feeling how big they really are and wonder at the effort it took to build them . . . The Great Pyramid, tomb of King Khufu, towers some 455 feet (140 meters) over the desert.
These along with the Sphinx, the funerary temples and the minor pyramids of their queens had completed the entire pyramid complex at Giza or El-Giza.
Western cemetery . . . contains the graves of the workmen, who built the pyramids
This Ancient Egyptian necropolis consists of the Pyramid of Khufu (known as the Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Cheops), the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren), retaining a prominent display of casing stones at its apex – a few hundred metres to the south-west, and the relatively modest-size Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinus) a few hundred meters further south-west, along with a number of smaller satellite edifices, known as “queens” pyramids, causeways and valley pyramids. The Great Sphinx lies on the east side of the complex, facing east.
The Menkaure pyramid with the funerary temple (ruins)
View of the two pyramids – Khufu & Khafre’s
View of the Pyramids from the Giza Panorama
B&W . . . . . At the pyramids, 2008
Curios at the Giza Panorama (a raised area about 2 km away on the Giza Plateau from where you get the best view of all the three pyramids)
Camel rides for the visitors
Surveying the sands of Giza, the great Sphinx has stood guard since about 2500 B.C. Created for Pharaoh Khafre, who also built the second pyramid at Giza, the Sphinx has the body of a lion and the face, it’s believed, of the pharaoh. It stands 66 feet (20 meters) high and was carved from limestone bedrock. Though it is badly eroded, the Great Sphinx has survived over 4,500 years of searing sun and political turmoil.
The Sphinx, guarding the Pyramid of Khafre
Another view of the Sphnix
The face of the Sphinx.