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We had a heavy haze of sand from the recent sandstorm, which hung around all day, obscuring the view from the lookout, but we got to walk right up to the three great pyramids, with their flanking 'wives' pyramids (one each, except for the favourite wife who went in the main pyramid).
We walked past the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). It is the oldest in
The second pyramid is that of Khafre (Chephren), finished 2532 BCE, the son of Khufu. It is the only one still with part of the original limestone casing, after the rest was carted off by Islamic rulers ~1000 CE to build
The third pyramid was that of Menkaure (Mycerinus), son of Khafre, finished 2472 BCE. He was the last of the Pharaohs of the fourth dynasty of the
The pyramids were magnificent and ancient, history on a grand scale. Napoleon described the pyramids - “From the summit of these monuments, forty centuries look upon you”, but I find it really hard to believe that he actually climbed them (especially with his short legs), so I’m guessing it is metaphorical, or simply pontificating.
We walked through the temple where the mummy of Khafre was prepared before being entombed, and gazed out over the Sphinx (Abu al-Hol, Father of Terror). The Sphinx was carved from a piece of limestone left over from Khufu’s Pyramid, and is 20m high and 73m long. It had perfect features, amazing beauty for such an ancient statue, missing only the nose and beard from where Napoleon's soldiers shot them off with a canon. In front is a stela recording a story by Thutmose IV (15thcentury BCE) who rested in the shade of the sphinx during a hunt and dreamed he would win Egypt’s throne if he cleared the sand from the Sphinx (he did, then he did).
After the pyramids we went to a perfume factory, which was like a group Amway party version of our previous sell. It was interesting though to learn about the 'Secrets of the Desert', the seductive perfume for girls to wear (Arabian Nights is the one for men trying to seduce). When women use Secrets of the Desert they put it on after midnight, with a dab on each nipple and one between their thighs, to seduce their husband. The lady said it is the reason for overpopulation in
After lunch we drove out to the