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All around the pyramid site are the remains of the tombs of nobles who wished to be buried as close to their pharaoh as possible. Many of these were 'mastabas', the heaped stones which were the precursors of the pyramids.
I had never realised they existed; I'd always thought of the pyramids at Giza standing alone, not set within a complex of other tombs and temples.
I had no chance to explore them but, if you have time, I am certain they would be worthwhile.
Written Jan 5, 2008
In behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu are tombs that likely belonged to the Pharoh's advisors. They are interesting as they do contain hieroglyphs. The guard is willing to "guide" you so be prepared to pay backsheesh.
Written Mar 29, 2005
The Sphynx Temple is located right in front of the Sphynx, to it's left, if you're facing it. The Sphynx Temple is considered the be first solar oriented temple associated with a pyramid complex. There's very little inside, however, and some people suggest it's even unfinished.
The layout is peculiar, and it appears that it was possibly used for solar worship. 24 red granite pillars form a colonnaded courtyard and ambulatory around a central courtyard. Are the 24 pillars representative of the 24 hours of the day? And what about the two sanctuaries?
Written Mar 15, 2005
Khafre's funerary temple is a temple connected via a causeway to the Sphynx and the Spynx's temple. The entrance wasn't next to the pyramid, but on the causeway's side.
At the entrance there would have been a large hall, followed by a courtyard. Behind the courtyard there would a been a space with several niches, and in them statues of some deities. behind them, towards the pyramid, you would find the inner sanctuary.
The temple is now in ruins (and it's also covered in rubbish), but if you look closely you can still discern the different rooms that made it.
Written Mar 15, 2005
Senegemib Inti was a chief of justice and vizier of the 5th dinasty. He lived between 2465 and 2323 B.C. His tomb is nicely adorned and it's located near the two larger Pyramids.
What can you see inside? Well, first of all - after the entrance, there are two burial rooms or chambers, followed by an offering room and a pillared hall.
Of course it cannot compare, in term of beauty, with the tombs in Luxor... still I found even this little one full of charm. It's part of the Western necropolis, I think.
Written Mar 14, 2005
First time I took my kids to see the Pyramids(they were 2 and 6 years old then).I took them on a camel back riding,the camel`s name was Lulu,and the owner of the camel kept telling it"speed up Lulu) and ever since my 2 year old son thought the name of any camel is Lulu.....
It gave me great pleasure to see my kids having fun riding the camel,they loved it when the camel had to get up to start the ride,,my son kept saying"WOW amazing"at every step the camel took...:P
Updated Apr 5, 2003
Many big tour operators will not do this, especially if you’re in a big bus with 3 dozen other people.
However, this is you, lot! You’re a VT’r; you probably don’t even want to go in crowded stamped do-what-we-show-you busses or holidays. Let’s get back to this tip, when your in the neighborhood of the pyramids and you have loads of time or at least some, go in to the dessert on a camel or horse. We took one by sunset and that was beautiful, we also saw the Pyramids from a complete different view.
In the small streets nearby the pyramids are enough horse and camel stables. Negotiate about the price. Please!!.....look if the horses are healthy, (not to skinny) absolutely refuse a skinny horse!!! Same goes for the camels of course.
Updated Mar 6, 2003