30 November, 2007

Giza pyramid complex Postcards

The Giza Necropolis stands on the Giza Plateau. This complex of ancient monuments is located some 8 km (5 mi) inland into the desert from the old town of Giza on the Nile, some 25 km (15 mi) southwest of Cairo city centre. The Great pyramid is the only remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ancient sites in the Memphis area, including those at Giza, together with those at Saqqara, Dahshur, Abu Ruwaysh, and Abusir, were collectively declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.

The Sphinx and Kefra Pyramid Postcard 1

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) 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 Sphinx and Kefra Pyramid Postcard 2

The Great Sphinx lies on the east side of the complex, facing east. The largest monolith statue in the world, it stands 73.5 metres (241 feet) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft) high. Current consensus among Egyptologists is that the head of the Great Sphinx is that of Khafre.

SOURCES:
Giza Necropolis Wikipedia Entry
Great Sphinx Wikipedia Entry

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