Pyramids on the Giza Plateau – a Correct Perspective
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Photos by Ken and Peg Herring
Below is a photo of the three pyramids at Giza and an additional image of the base of the middle, or Khafre pyramid. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is on the far right, the pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) in the middle, and that of Menkaure (Mycernius) on the left. They were built in order, biggest to smallest. The Khufu pyramid is, of course, the highest. Their placement suggests the same orientation as Orion’s Belt in the sky.
Often we see photos that show the Khafre pyramid to appear higher than Khufu’s because the newer structure was built on a small bulge in the Giza Plateau. I have even seen the Khafre pyramid misidentified as Khufu’s on television.
Because of the original casing stones that still clad the summit of Khafre’s pyramid, it is considered unclimbable. The other two are easy to ascend, assuming you’re not subject to vertigo.
1) The three pyramids lined up in order of construction
2) The base of the Khafre pyramid incorporates bedrock into the lower courses of stones. The significance of this complicated construction technique is unknown. Perhaps a different structure existed here before the pyramid was built over the terraced rock protrusion