Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Great Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khufu.


The most famous and popular Memphite necropolis: the mysterious Sphinx.

Behind the Sphinx is possible to see the Pyramid of Khufu.

It is the largest pyramid in the world and could contain St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Napoleon, who was a mathematics enthusiast, calculated that the blocks of stone used to build this colossal monument would have been enough to erect a wall two meters high and 30 centimeters thick all around France.

Khufu, whom the ancient Greeks called Cheops, was the pharaoh who succeeded Snofru, the founder of the 4th Dynasty who built two large pyramids in the Dahshur.