"Pyramids" Giza & El-Dokki Neighborhood Tip by miman

Giza & El-Dokki Neighborhood, Cairo: 102 reviews and 211 photos

  Pyramids in Giza
by miman

The pyramids of Egypt, among the largest constructions ever built by humankind, constitute one of the most potent and enduring symbols of Ancient Egyptian civilization. It is generally accepted by most archaeologists that they were constructed as burial monuments associated with royal solar and stellar cults, and most were built during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.
Giza, on the southern outskirts of Cairo is the location of the Pyramid of Khufu (also known as the "Great Pyramid" and the "Pyramid of Cheops"), the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre (or Kephren), and the relatively modest-sized Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinus), along with a number of smaller satellite edifices, known as "queens" pyramids, and the Great Sphinx.
Of the three, only Khafre's pyramid retains part of its original polished limestone casing, towards its apex. Interestingly this pyramid appears larger than the adjacent Khufu pyramid by virtue of its more elevated location, and the steeper angle of inclination of its construction ? it is, in fact, smaller in both height and volume.

Address: Al Haram Str., Gizeh, Cairo
Directions: Centered at Giza Bridge - Al Haram & Salah Salem

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  • Written Jul 19, 2006
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