Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Pyramids Of Giza:

Here you can see 6 of the 10 pyramids of Giza. Menkaure (far right) is the smallest of the three being only 218 feet high and a base of 356.5 feet, the sides of Menkaure have an incline of 51 degrees.

Khafre's Pyramid:

These are three largest Pyramids of Giza. Khafre's pyramid (on the left) was constructed in 2558-2532BC, and is the second largest pyramid ever built. It was originally 471 feet high, only 10 feet shorter then Khufu's. Each side is 707 and 3/4 feet long. Each side of the pyramid is inclined 53.13 degrees. Average stone weights two to three tons (in the core), and six tons (facings), these blocks are composed of limestone and red granite.

Khufu's Pyramid:

Khufu's (better known as Cheops) Pyramid was constructed in 2589-2566BC, and is the largest pyramid ever built. In fact it ranked as the tallest structure on Earth for more than 43 centuries. Each side is carefully oriented with one of the cardinal points of the compass, (N,S,E,W). The horizontal cross section of the pyramid is square at every level. The maximum error between side lengths is remarkable (less than 0.1%). The pyramid is made up of 2.3 million stone blocks (composed of limestone, basalt and granite) each weighing an average of 2.5 tons.

The Great Sphinx:

The "Great Sphinx of Giza" has been undergoing restoration since Ptolemaic times. Today it is under constant threat of disintegration, sand needs to be continually cleared, otherwise it will become buried within 20 years. The sphinx was built from soft limestone.

Frontal View:

Unfortunately, because the Sphinx is made of soft limestone, it is deteriorating very fast. The only reason it survived until today is because it was buried for 4,000 years, not until 1905 was it exposed to the elements of man and nature.

Close-up:

As you can see here, the nose of the Sphinx is missing, Napoleon troops used the Great Sphinx for target practice during their occupation of Egypt.

Inside Khufu's Pyramid:

I was lucky enough to enter into the Khufu pyramid and climb up a long passage to the center, the King's burial chamber. The chamber is located in the exact center of the pyramid. Here I'm standing at the entrance to Khufu's burial chamber. Some of the huge ceiling stones in the King's Chamber weigh as much as 9 tons.

Khufu's Tomb:

In this picture I am standing next to Khufu's sarcophagus made of large blocks of red granite. Khufu's body, along with all the treasure placed in the chamber, were stolen before archaeologists arrived. Yes, I know I look like crap, but with the time difference I don't get a much sleep when I'm traveling overseas.

King Tut's Gold Throne:

Okay, so I sneaked a couple pictures, and I got in trouble for it too. When I took this photo, I got swamped with security personnel. Of course I had no problem playing dumb, since I didn't understand a word of Egyptian. My guide told me that they wanted to confiscate my roll of film, I told him they could have it. They seemed surprised that I was so willing to give up my film. Anyway, they were nice enough to let me keep the film. The reason I was so willing to give up the film was that I had just put a new roll in the camera. This is a picture of Tutenkhamon's gold throne. The arms form two serpents, above the front legs are two lion heads. The throne measures 45 inches high, 21 inches wide, and 25 inches deep. On the back of the throne is a depiction of the King and Queen.

Some Of The Many Coffins:

This was at the entrance of the museum, there were hundreds of coffins and mummies throughout the museum. I probably should have gone somewhere and bought a camera so I could take some picture. Maybe someday I will be lucky enough to go back (with a manual camera).

Khufu's Sun Boat:

Only discovered in 1954 near the south side of the pyramid, this boat is believed to have been used to carry the body of Khufu in his last journey on earth before being buried inside the pyramid. It may also serve him as a means of transportation in his afterlife journey according to Ancient Egyptian beliefs.

Sunboat's Cabin:

A closeup view of the cabin. This boat is 43.5 m. long, the prow and stern is 5 m. and 7 m. high respectively.

Sunboat's Pit:

This is the pit that contained the Sun Boat when it was discovered in 1954. Some of the large stones that covered the pit for 44 centuries are still in place.