EGYPT - FEBRUARY 2010
"WAKING UP EARLY - The Fairmont is a nice hotel, but the views, even at seven a.m., are always covered by a mix of fog and pollution... And, suddenly, just across the road, there are the Pyramids"
"THE PYRAMID OF KHUFU, a.k.a. THE PYRAMID OF CHEOPS - It's the oldest (concluded around 2560 BC) and largest of the pyramids in Giza and the only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At 146.5 metres, the Pyramid of Cheops (Greek name) was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years"
"THE GREAT PYRAMID AND MUSEUM - The Museum was specially built in 1982 to show the Khufu ship"
"THE KHUFU (CHEOPS) SHIP - The ship, 43.6 m long and 5.9 m wide, was built for Khufu and sealed into a pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid around 2,500 BC. Rediscovered in 1954, the «solar barge», a ritual vessel to carry the resurrected king with the sun god Ra across the heavens, is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved vessels from antiquity"
"THE PYRAMID OF KHAFRE a.k.a. THE PYRAMID OF CHEPHREN - The pyramid, sitting on bedrock 10 m higher than Khufu’s, which makes it appear to be taller, is 148.5 m high and is the second-largest of the Giza Pyramids"
"THE PYRAMID OF KHAFRE - The slope rises at an 53° 10' angle, steeper than the Pyramid of Khufu which has an angle of 51°50'40"
"THE PYRAMID OF KHAFRE - Built in horizontal courses, the stones at the bottom are very large, but as the pyramid rises, the stones become smaller"
"TOURISTS IN THE DESERT"
"THE PYRAMIDS OF KHUFU (CHEOPS), KHAFRE (CHEPHREN) AND MENKAURE (MIKERINOS) - It looks like you are in the desert, but the road and the houses of the city are just around the corner..."
"THE SPHINX - The Sphinx, a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head, is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres long, 6 metres wide, and 20.22 m high. Built in the reign of the pharaoh Khafre, it's the oldest known monumental sculpture"
"THE SPHINX - The Khafre Pyramid and the houses around the corner..."