Here’s a stumping collection of aerial images of the ancient Egyptian pyramids you have to see.
The truly gigantic size of the pyramids of Giza is hard to describe. The three main pyramids—perhaps the most famous in the world—are located at the edge of the Western Desert, some 9 km (5 mi) west of the Nile River in the city of Giza, and approximately 13 km (8 mi) southwest of the city center of present-day Cairo. There, gigantic monuments, considered by some to have been ancient tombs built for the Kings of Egypt, were built thousands of years ago in the middle of the desert.
The three main pyramids, and accompanying temples and mastaba tombs, make up the so-called Giza pyramid complex.
The area where the pyramids, the Sphinx and remnants of ancient temples stand is also known as the Giza Necropolis.
The most prominent pyramids at the plateau are its three main attractions. According to mainstream Egyptologists, the three pyramids of Giza, also known by many as the “Great Pyramids” (Although three is only one Great pyramid in Egypt), are thought to have been built in three generations; Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
Although the three pyramids are a great tourist attraction, a massive statue which has stood guard at the footstep of Khafre’s pyramid for thousands of years is another jewel at the Giza plateau. Considered the largest monolithic statue on Earth, the Great Sphinx of Giza is shrouded in mystery, perhaps just as much as the massive pyramids behind it.
Cut from the very bedrock upon which the pyramids stand, the original shape of the Sphinx has been restored with layers of blocks throughout time. It is so old that experts argue it is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt, although mainstream experts refuse to acknowledge the possibility it dates further back than Khafre. Gaston Maspero, the French Egyptologist and second director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo was convinced of precisely that which mainstream scholars refuse to admit.