"Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren)" Pyramids of Giza Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick

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  Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren)
by Blatherwick

The large pyramid in behind the Sphinx was built by Khafre (Chephren in Greek) who was an Egyptian pharaoh of the Fourth dynasty. He was the son of Khufu and followed the short reign of Djedefra.

Originally the Khafre's pyramid stood at 143.5m tall. It is now 136m tall. Though Khafre's pyramid is shorter than his father Khufu's nearby Great Pyramid, he built it at a higher elevation which made it look taller. This might be why the pyramid is actually shorter as I doubt somebody broke out the measuring tape in ancient times.

This pyramid is highly distinctive as it is the only structure that still has part of the original limestone at the top. This casing used to cover the entire structure.

Address: Giza Plateau
Directions: To get to Giza, take the Metro to Giza Station and grab a cab. You should pay about 10 LE for the cab.

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2005
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