Friday, April 13, 2007

The Great Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre.

The Great Sphinx at Giza is probably the most famous monument of ancient Egypt and has become its symbol. The Sphinx was the symbolic image of the pharaoh and at the same time the royal necropolis of Giza.

In fact, the Sphinx was covered by sand several times up to the 19th century, and often only its head was visible.

Behind the Sphinx is possible to see the Pyramid of Khafre. It is the second Pyramid at Giza, built by Khafre, one of the Khufu's sons. It is the only one on which the original tura limestone casing is intact, although only on the top.

David Roberts traveled in Egypt in the early 1800's. He produced six volumes of prints from Egypt. His paintings show Egypt as it was before. As you can see today's Egypt didn't change too much.

Behind the Sphinx:
on the left side is the Pyramid of Khafre
on the right side is the Pyramid of Khufu (the largest monument) and the little one is one of the Queen's pyramids.