Ancient Pyramids - Giza

pyramids 2  --> The Great Pyramids of Egypt - Giza. The modern suburbs of Cairo are visible in the background. (March 19) IMG 4425  --> There are three pyramids at the Giza Necropolis, the largest of which is the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), built over a 10 to 20 year period around 2560 BC, i.e., over 4,500 years ago. This makes these pyramids younger than those at the Saqqara Necropolis. This Necropolis includes three  Great Pyramids .  (Def:  necropolis ) IMG 4423  --> This shot shows that the pyramids were covered with a limestone "sheath," visible on the top of the pyramid on the right. Much of this outer layer of stone has disappeared over the centuries. IMG 4426  --> pyramid.builders  --> Pyramid builder wages (from the magazine). IMG 4424  --> This view, with Cairo in the backgound, shows how the exterior of pyramids is not smooth but consists of tiers of stones.
IMG 4388  --> Group shot in from of one of the Pyramids. IMG 4393  --> IMG 4380  --> Betty and Laurie in front of one of the Pyramids. Note that they are appoximately 200 years younger than the step pyramids of Zoser. IMG 4365  --> This closeup of tourists climbing about on the exterior of a pyramid reveals the size of the stones piled up to make a pyramid - they are nearly as thick as a person is tall. IMG 0107  --> A view of Giza and Cairo from the gourndos of the pyramid. Our tour bus is one of those to the right in the parking lot. IMG 4378  --> A view of our hotel from the parking lot of the pyramids.
IMG 4358  --> Another view of the stones piled up to form the pyramids. IMG 4363  --> In the center are Betty, Laurie, and Jim. IMG 4373  --> IMG 4371  --> IMG 4362  --> IMG 4355  -->
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