Some believe the sphynx to be the likeness of Chephren standing guard over his tomb. The body has been completely covered in sand leaving its features uncovered.
It was built 4500 years ago. It used to have an outer case of polished limestone, the case was removed about 600 years ago to build cities and mosques.
It is about 137 meters high.
The Keops Pyramid is on of the Seven World Wonders. In fact, it is the only one which exists today. It is the largest one of three pyramids in Ghiza.
The second largest pyramid in Ghiza is Koefren's. Koefren was the son of Keops. On the top of it, there are still alabaster with which which all pyramids were covered.
For entering in Mikerinos pyramid you have to pay 10 Egyptian Pounds (7 Egyptian Pound = 1 Euro). You can buy a ticket in the kiosk close to the pyramid.
No. It is not small like that. The highest is the oldest. Keops' pyramid or The Great Pyramid is about 146 meters high. On the picture is Koefren's one.
The pyramides in Giza can be crowded. I found the pyramides in Sakkara as interesting and a not so stressful. If you choose to go riding, check that your horse or camel looks ok.
When you are in Cairo you just have to visit the Giza pyrameeds..:) So nice!! We ride some camels to the pyrameeds, really nice:)!
Go an see the Pyramids at Giza. The best time is the end of day, after the tourist buses rush. And the best way to it is on horseback or on a camel.
Pyramid and Sphynx at Giza is the prime attraction to anyone coming to Cairo. Since there is a separate page on it. I refer you to read that page where I have written tips on Pyramid in Giza.
Entrance on Ghiza plateau coasts 20 Egyptian Pounds (7 Egyptian Pound = 1 Euro). Only outside seeing is included in the price.
The third one is the smallest. It belongs to Koefren's son Mikerinos. It is the only one which is open for tourists.
A must while in Egypt. If visiting the pyramids, you'll find a lot of camels and local guys to take you on a ride. Camels are not very friendly but you will have a great time.
From this photo you can see just how close Cairo is to the Pyramids. Enlarge the photo for a better view.
The pyramids are simply amazing. Take a camel ride around the pyramids.
The only remaining ancient wonder of the world. enough said.