Pyramid of Khafre Overview

The second largest pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Egypt which is also recognised as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Built around the period 2570 BC, the Pyramid of Khafre, also known as Cephern, is located in the Giza Plateau in Cairo. With a base length of 215.5 meters, the Pyramid of Khafre rises up to a height of 136.4 meters and is constructed with granite and limestone.The Pyramid of Khafre has intricate detailed images and specifications on different types of chambers. A large and wide entrance hall followed by a columned court has been made right at the place where you step down from the opening. Another aspect you would find inside are five niches for statues of the pharaoh, five storage chambers, and also an inner sanctuary. All these provisions were carefully curated and constructed as the ancient Egyptians believed that there was life after death. This surviving ancient wonder is worth visiting for its unique architecture, the whole design, and details inside. By getting tickets to visit the Pyramid of Khafre, you will also witness a part of Egyptian history and once in a lifetime of experience.

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Construction of the Pyramid of Khafre

The Pyramid of Khafre or the tomb of Pharaoh Khafre is the second largest pyramid in the Giza Plateau which is believed to be built around 2570 BC. Even though it is the second largest pyramid in the series of Pyramids of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre looks larger in size due to the landscape elevation of that particular area.It took around 20,000 workers to build this pyramid with millions of limestone and granite. The retention of the original white outer cast stone at the top is yet another unique aspect of the Pyramid of Khafre apart from the intricate architecture and design of the chambers inside.

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Interior of Pyramid of Khafre

The interior of the Pyramid of Khafre is simple with specific minimalistic detailing with breathable space inside to walk around. The entrance hall, a columned court, five niches of the statue of Pharaoh, storage chambers and the inner sanctuary constitute the major part of the interior of the pyramid of Khafre. However, the mortuary temple of the Pyramid of Khafre located towards the base of the pyramid has a complex design with a statue of the king placed inside.

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Pyramid Of Khafre History
History of the Pyramid of Khafre

The second largest pyramid in the series of Pyramids of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre was built 4500 years ago by the ancient Egyptian rulers. The pyramid of Khafre's construction was completed around 2570 BC and still, the upper part of the pyramid is capped with the original polished limestone casting. The pyramid of Khafre was built during the reign of the fourth dynasty of ancient Egypt, it took around 20-30 years to complete the construction of the pyramid.

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Size and appearance of Pyramid of Khafre

The second largest in the series of Pyramids, the Pyramid of Khafre actually appears to be bigger in size and appearance. The elevation in landscape and the presence of white outer cast on the top are the two major reasons why the Pyramid Giza looks bigger in size than the other two. The Pyramid of Khafre is built around 33 feet higher than the other two Pyramids of Giza and this has brought about a significant change in the external appearance.

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Know Before You Visit Pyramid of Khafre

Essential Information
Pyramid Of Khafre

Location: X4GJ+996, Al Haram, Giza Governorate 3512201, Egypt

Timing: The Pyramid of Khafre is open from 8 am to 4 pm in the winter season and from 8 am to 5 pm in the summer season.

How To Reach:- By train from Cairo: Every five minutes Metro trains are available from Martyrs Cairo to Cairo University. Followed by a taxi ride from Cairo university to the Pyramid of Khafre.- By Taxi: It is a 16 km journey and taxi services are available from Cairo city at any time of the day.- By train via Sakiat Mekhi: Every 5 minutes there are Metro trains from Martyrs, Cairo to Sakiat Mekhi. Followed by a taxi ride of 12 minutes to the Pyramid of Khafre.

Best Time To Visit: if you are visiting during summers i.e between March and October, then the best time to visit is morning. During the morning, the heat is bearable and there are fewer tourists as well. However, if you're visiting during the winter seasons, i.e. around December and January, then it is recommended to visit the Pyramid in the afternoon as it gets hazy in the morning.

Tips To Visit the Pyramid of Khafre

  • It is best to visit during the winter season for the pleasant climate and experience.-Visit the Pyramid of Menkaure during the early opening hours to beat the crowd and heat.-It is advised to carry water bottles, caps, napkins, and some snacks while visiting.
  • Keep a lot of change/ cash on you as you will be required to keep tips in a lot of places.

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